Stating that diarrhea and high fever in babies should not be connected to the teething period, Uzm. Dr. Gökmen Alpaslan Taşkın emphasized the importance of dental care in babies. Taşkın said, “Many of the parents doubt that teething causes fever and diarrhea, but research does not confirm this view. In fact, the symptoms of teething can be seen in the mouth and gums, but it does not cause any problems to other parts of the body.


Taşkın, “Teething symptoms can be seen in the mouth and gums, but it does not cause any problems to other parts of the body. If your baby develops a fever, notices signs of discomfort, or shows signs that may be related to another illness, contact your doctor before attaching the tooth. If these are not in question, complaints related to teething are a matter that can be resolved at home.”

Listing the possible symptoms of teething, Taşkın said:

“Drobbing may start up to two months before the first tooth erupts. Irritability and irritability may occur. There may be swelling of the gums. There may be a desire to chew solid objects.”

Scrub your gums

Taşkın, who shared the tips of comforting the teething baby, suggested rubbing the gums.

Taşkın said, “Massage the baby’s gums with a clean finger, a slightly dampened gauze pad or a damp cloth. This will put him at ease. Try a solid rubber teether. Note that the rings with liquid inside can break due to the baby’s bite. If there is a benefit with a bottle, you can also give a bottle filled with water. Prolonged contact with the sugar contained in formula, milk and fruit juices can cause tooth decay.


Stating that a cold cloth or a cooled teething ring will have a calming effect, Taşkın said, “Do not give your baby a frozen teething ring. Remember, contact with extreme cold can do more harm than good. If your baby has started solid foods, feed him cold foods such as yogurt and applesauce.


Stating that teething babies drool a lot, Taşkın said, “Keep a clean cloth to wipe the baby’s chin so that the skin is not irritated. As it is known, saliva is very important in digesting food. “It’s also really interesting that the body produces more saliva when solid food is introduced,” he said.

Taşkın also warned that the drugs applied to the teeth may numb the baby’s throat.


The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that a child’s first dental examination be performed after the first tooth erupts, and then as soon as he or she is one year old.

Stating that dental care as a child is important to have healthy teeth and gums for life, Taşkın concluded his words as follows:

“Babies’ teeth should be wiped with a clean and damp cloth every day. Cleaning with a cloth prevents bacteria from accumulating in the baby’s mouth. When your baby’s first teeth come out, it is useful to switch to a small and soft toothbrush. It is not necessary to use toothpaste until the age of 2 years. Until the baby learns to spit (around age 2), you can brush your baby’s teeth with just water. If well water or bottled water is consumed in your home, it means that your baby is not getting the fluoride needed for the healthy development of their teeth.

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