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2. Why Do People Call It “Cutting Teeth?”

Many people refer to teething as “cutting teeth,” which may be a reference to the discomfort many babies feel when their teeth emerge, but also comes from the ancient medical practice of cutting the gums of infants to "help" the teeth break through. Rest assured, baby teeth do not actually “cut” through the gums, which would be painful, indeed. Instead, the body produces hormones that cause cells of the gums to die and then separate. This allows the teeth to grow through without breaking the skin. The process may be more painful for some infants than others, but there is no cutting involved.

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