Managing Discomfort Caused by Teething


Teething

Natural physiological phenomenon occurring in children.

Problems are mostly in primary dentition.

Presentation

Population

Children 5 months to 2.5 years old (variation is common)

Signs

°Increased salivation (drooling)
°Rash and red face
°Gum rubbing
°Increased finger sucking
°Low-grade fever
°Decreased appetite for solid foods
°Watery eyes
°Disruption of eating and sleeping patterns
°Irritability
°Loose stools
°Red gingiva with a little tearing
°Bleeding gums
°Inflammation

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Symptoms

°Pain severity: usually painful and tender gingiva

°Itchiness

Investigation

Rule Out Other Pathologies

°Ask parents about the duration and intensity of the signs and symptoms.
°Rule out other systemic diseases, particularly if body temperature is higher than 37.5oC and/or symptoms have persisted for more than 24 hours.

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Canadian Dental Association
Sahza Hatibovic-Kofman, DDS, MDSc, PhD, FRCD(C) / Timucin Ari, DDS, PhD




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