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Are teething and ear infections related?



Hello, my daughter is 19 mos old. She is early in speech and developmental milestones. She is a happy and energetic kiddo. She got her first teeth when she turned one. She now has 2 on the bottom plus one molar on each side. She has three on the top and they aren`t even in all the way. She has had chronic ear infection since 10 mos and has had tubes for3 mos now. She has had 3 ear infections since the tubes and I am concerned that the teeth and ears are related. Do you think I need to be concerned? She eats everything and has a well balanced diet, I think.


There is no evidence that ear infections have any relationship to teething. The normal range of teething times is very broad, and it sounds like your daughter's dental development is well within that range.

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Dennis J McTigue, DDS Dennis J McTigue, DDS
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University