Teething tablets will help with the "crankies".
Baby motrin or tylenol will help with the pain.
A large variety of teething toys will help in general - soft ones, hard ones, rubbery ones, cold ones, even fabric ones.
Don't bother with teething gel unless he falls asleep quickly at bedtime. In that case, the gel can easa this discomfort for the few minutes it takes for him to fall asleep. But be aware that it only lasts about 10 minutes.
You can use a soft wash cloth and plain water to clean that tooth. Or you can get a finger-tip brush or baby toothbrush. If you get toothpaste, get toddler toothpaste that does NOT have flouride. He needs to be old enough to know how to spit and to not swallow it before you use regular paste - about 4 years.
As a side note, teething gel is great for getting out splinters. It numbs the skin long enough for you to get the splinter out. Keep that in mind for the coming years.
at 11:51 PM on Dec. 15, 2008