Teething: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 12/1/2020

Teething refers to the eruption of the first teeth through the gums in babies. Teething usually begins between 4 and 10 months of age. Teething is also term cutting of the teeth. The medical term for teething is odontiasis.

Signs and symptoms of teething in an infant include

Other associated symptoms and signs can include

  • sore, red gums,
  • flushed cheeks,
  • rubbing the ears, or
  • bringing the hands to the mouth.

The symptoms of irritability and fussiness typically begin a few days before the eruption of a tooth.

Cause of piriformis syndrome

Teething is a normal process, but it can cause gum irritation and discomfort.

Other teething symptoms and signs

  • Bringing the Hands to the Mouth
  • Crying
  • Distress
  • Drooling
  • Flushed Cheeks
  • Fussiness
  • Rubbing the Ears
  • Sore, Red Gums


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Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.