Teething and Whitening

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As infant teeth penetrate the gums, inflammation and sensitivity sometimes occur. Infants can become irritable and salivation increases dramatically to drooling level. Teething can begin as early as 3 months of age despite the first tooth not erupting until usually nearer the 6th month. There is little evidence that systemic disturbances such as fever, facial rashes or mild diarrhea can result from teething, though these and other conditions have often been blamed on it. Low grade fevers may be associated with teething. Many children go through teething without any apparent problem, whereas others have significant discomfort. There is no proven treatment although an ice ring for the child to chew on may relieve some discomfort.

Similar manifestations can also arise again when the first permanent molars erupt at about age 4 years. These are the largest teeth to penetrate the gums and during this time the gums can become very sore. A favorite trick for daytime teething is to give your infant a cold wet washcloth to suck on. I suggest taking a soft baby washcloth and cutting it half, soak each half in cold water and squeeze the excess out. Roll the halves into “cigars” and place in the freezer until little ice crystals form on the terry-cloth. This makes a very effective teether for an infant that is also easy to hold onto.

Standard medicinal remedies for teething when icy teethers fail include use of medications such as acetaminophen and application of teething gels containing local anesthetics like lidocaine. Alternative natural remedies though unproved as well include echinacea and goldenseal extract applied to the gums. Inflammation is also reported to be relieved with a homeopathic remedy called Hypericum 30c, which mimics the actions of aspirin and should not be used without doctor’s supervision.

In general teething is intermittent and with general soothing passes after a few minutes at each episode. Caution should be taken to not overmedicate for teething or to confuse illness symptoms for teething. True fevers (over 101F) should generally not be attributed to teeth whitening and other explanations for illness should be sought.