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How to Handle Your Child’s Two-Year Molars

November 8, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drrohner @ 8:32 pm
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The emergence of your child’s two-year molars marks a significant milestone in their dental development, signaling the near completion of their growing smile. While this is an exciting time, it can be challenging to navigate the discomfort associated with the eruption of these molars. Continue reading as we explore the signs of two-year molars coming in and provide helpful tips to assist your child in managing any discomfort during this phase.

10 Signs of Two-Year Molars Erupting

Apart from the common discomfort associated with teething, the indications that your child’s two-year molars are erupting often overlap with general teething symptoms. However, it’s crucial to recognize that these manifestations can differ among children.

While some toddlers may exhibit no signs of distress during the emergence of their new molars, others may experience heightened pain, especially if the teeth are larger. Headaches are another complaint that some little ones may express. Here are some typical symptoms associated with the eruption of two-year molars:

  • Excessive drooling, which may cause a facial rash
  • Pulling their ear
  • Rubbing their cheek or
  • Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Gnawing on or wanting to chew on hard things
  • Gums that are red and visibly sore or tender
  • Bringing their hands to their mouth
  • Irritability and crying
  • Coughing
  • Chewing on objects and clothing
  • A slightly high temperature

4 Ways to Manage Two-Year Molar Pain

Luckily, there are multiple strategies to alleviate the discomfort your child may experience during the eruption of their two-year molars. Consider the following approaches:

  • Use home remedies – Ease your toddler’s gums by placing a cool, wet piece of gauze or letting them chew on a damp washcloth.
  • Try crunchy foods – Incorporate hard, crunchy foods into your child’s diet to help distract from the discomfort associated with molars coming in.
  • Avoid risky items –Refrain from allowing your child to chew on hard plastic toys or wear amber teething necklaces to prevent choking hazards and potential harm to their teeth.
  • Take medications –Consult with a pediatrician before administering a small dose of pain medicine to alleviate your child’s discomfort.

When to See a Dentist

It’s typical for mild discomfort to accompany the eruption of second molars, and it usually doesn’t necessitate a visit to your child’s dentist. Nonetheless, if the symptoms intensify or your child appears consistently irritable due to molars, it’s advisable to promptly schedule an appointment with their pediatric dentist.

While rare, such behavior might suggest improper tooth eruption. If left unaddressed, it could lead to potential long-term complications for your toddler.

About the Practice

Caring for the smiles of young Homewood residents, Angelica Rohner Pediatric Dentistry is dedicated to providing crucial care for developing teeth. Offering preventive treatments to prevent oral health issues, they also provide guidance to parents on managing discomfort from two-year molars. With their assistance, your little one can grow up to have a healthy, happy beam they’re proud of. For scheduliong appointments or more information on treatment options, visit Angelica Rohner Pediatric Dentistry’s website or contact them at (205) 870-0892.

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