June 8, 2007, Newsletter Issue #67: Teething Myths

Tip of the Week

For almost a century dentists and doctors have blamed a nearly endless list of childhood ailments on teething, including fever, irritability, red cheeks, drooling, diarrhea, feeding problems, and others.

In reality, while teething does cause some discomfort and pain in an infant's mouth, it has no serious accompanying symptoms. If your child has a fever, it's not the teething that's causing the heat, but an actual illness that should be checked out by a doctor if it is a "high-grade" fever.

The only potentially serious side-effect of teething is on your wallet. In addition to the much wider variety and quantity of foods your rapidly growing kid will consume, fixing anything that goes wrong with his or her teeth can be very expensive. So even before your child starts producing vicious gnashers, you should make sure that your family dental coverage allows your child to see a pediatric dentist. If not, you should consider getting some supplemental insurance to protect the teeth that your baby went through the mild discomfort to grow.

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