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Soothing Effect of an Edible Teether: A Pilot Study in Children during Primary Dentition Age

Clara Lerond, Julie Hudry, Sélima Zahar, Aidan Makwana, Nora Schneider

Keywords : Children, Edible teether, Soothing, Teething

Citation Information : Lerond C, Hudry J, Zahar S, Makwana A, Schneider N. Soothing Effect of an Edible Teether: A Pilot Study in Children during Primary Dentition Age. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2021; 14 (4):525-530.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10005-2002

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 29-10-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


Background: Irritability and discomfort are common symptoms during teething periods in infants and toddlers. Non-pharmacological remedies to relieve teething symptoms include teethers and food for chewing. However, the efficacy of such remedies for their soothing effect has been poorly investigated. Materials and methods: In this home-based pilot study, the soothing effect of a novel edible teether with a slowly dissolvable texture was investigated in 12 children aged 5 to 19 months old during primary dentition age. After parents observed their child getting irritable, the child received the edible teether for an exposure duration of 15 to 20 minutes. Parental ratings of children's mood states (crankiness, stress, happiness, and calmness) were collected using visual analog scales, and child cardiac measurements (heart rate and heart rate variability) were assessed using a wearable device. The soothing effect was quantified via mood ratings and physiological calming responses as a before-after comparison using Wilcoxon signed-rank tests. Results: Parents perceived their child as significantly calmer and happier, less stressed, and marginally less cranky after edible teether exposure than before. The child cardiac variables showed no significant changes; however, exposure to the teether induced a marginal increase in HR within normal ranges, potentially indicating a stimulation effect. Conclusion: The pilot study provides the first insight on the soothing effect of a novel edible teether on parent-reported mood states in young children during primary dentition age. Further research is needed to understand the relative contribution of the different components of an edible teether to the observed effects, such as texture and exposure duration, and to demonstrate its efficacy against a control product. Trial registration: Swiss registry of clinical trial: CER-VD 2019-02155.

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