6 Year Molars Causing Fevers and Headaches – Should I Worry?

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The ages of 6 and 7 are a large transition period for children when concerning oral health. Between the ages of 6 and 7 is when children lose their primary teeth, “baby teeth” and their permanent, “adult” teeth grow in. The first sets of permanent teeth that grow in and erupt through the gums are known as the “six-year molars.” These molars are located in the back of the mouth, behind the last primary teeth.

Symptoms and Effects

During this transition of primary teeth to permanent teeth, the gums can be sensitive and sore where a molar has erupted. As an effect, some children may experience headache and mild fever. These symptoms are common as they relate to the transition of primary teeth to permanent teeth. However, the frequency of headache and fever is the most important for parents to make note of in order to treat their children properly.

If your child seems to be suffering from headaches, this is common. The pain that children are experiencing is equivalent to the pain of teething as babies. With the transition to adult teeth, these headaches can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications. If headaches are abnormally frequent and recurring we advise that you seek medical attention.

According to The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, mild fevers can also be directly associated with teething. If your child is experiencing mild fevers, ibuprofen can be administered with appropriate the dosage. However, if your child is experiencing a fever above 102 degrees Fahrenheit, you should consult a medical doctor– A fever this high is not directly correlated with teething.

Contact Us

Here at Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, located in Ashburn, Virginia and Great Falls, Virginia areas, we are dedicated to answering all of your questions and concerns regarding your dental needs. If your child seems to be experiencing any symptoms of fever or headache, we encourage you to give our office a call to schedule an appointment. At, Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry we go above and beyond administering quality dental care. We gladly welcome new and returning patients at Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. Our staff looks forward to scheduling an appointment for you soon. You can find our Ashburn, Virginia Pediatric Dentistry website here.