I tried to schedule an emergency appointment with our pediatric dentist because my daughter keeps getting a fever and recently mentioned a tooth is bothering her. They said that infected teeth do not cause fevers. They were willing to schedule an appointment but it is four months out. Are they correct because I took her to the doctor and he didn’t find anything because her only symptom was the fever. They’re assuming it’s viral. They did run a strep, flu, and covid test, all of which were negative. I don’t know what else it could be except the tooth.
I am hoping there was a miscommunication here. The truth is an infection anywhere in your body, including the mouth, can cause a fever. It doesn’t always do that, but the potential is there.
Do you know if they checked her for a sinus infection? Depending on where the roots of her teeth are located in relation to her sinus cavity, there can be pain radiating from her sinuses. I know someone who went to the dentist three times for tooth related pain and each time the dentist found nothing. She eventually figured out it was her sinuses flaring up.
All that being said, I feel like between the fact that they told you a tooth infection can’t cause a fever and they can’t see your daughter for four months, even though she’s mentioned tooth pain, you may not be at the best dentist for your daughter. What you don’t want is for this to blow up into a dental emergency between now and when they scheduled you if the problem really is the tooth.
There are family dentists who treat both adult and children. I don’t know how old your daughter is, but one way to tell if they are good with children is the age they are first willing to treat a child. If they say bring them in once they turn around eight years old or more, they don’t really enjoy children and might not have the right demeanor to work well with them. Look for a family dentist who will see toddlers. They know how to deal with children or they would not have a toddler come!
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