Teething revisited

Pediatr Dent. May-Jun 1994;16(3):179-82.


Teething as a disease entity has been diminished from its 19th century status as the major cause of infant mortality to its modest position today as a "waste basket" diagnosis. If past proves to be prologue, it will diminish further as more credible causes for undifferentiated fevers and other complaints are found. The 21st century may find teething consigned to the shelf along with miasma, humoral theory, mesmerism, and other archival curiosities.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Infant Mortality
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Tooth Eruption*