My seven-year-old son has had a low grade fever for a week. We’ve taken him to the doctor and they said there is nothing they can find though his white blood cell count is slightly elevated. He says his cheek hurts, so I then called our pediatric dentist to see if that could be the problem. He said tooth infections never cause a fever. I was under the impression that any type of infection can cause a fever. Was I mistaken about that? What other reason could their be for pain by his teeth?
I think maybe your son’s dentist was not very clear in his communication or he may be confused himself. While most dental infections do not cause a fever, it is still possible. As you mentioned, any infection can lead to a fever. There is another issue that can cause a fever as well. When a child is cutting teeth, some children develop a fever, though your son will have all but his 12-year-old molars at this point.
I would follow-up with this. An x-ray should be able to tell them if there is an infection, it will need to be dealt with. You don’t want to wait until it turns into a full-blown dental emergency. If your dentist won’t see your son, find someone who will.