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Feb 13, 2020

What to do if your Child Experiences a Toothache
When your child experiences a toothache, this can cause distress not only for the child but also for you. No parent wants to see their child experiencing discomfort and pain, and you may feel helpless and frustrated if you cannot pinpoint the pain’s location. There are, however, ways you can help your child. Try these tips the next time your child experiences a toothache.

Try to find the source of the pain.

The first thing you should try to do is find the source of the pain. If your child is old enough, ask him or her to point to the painful area. In younger children, look for swelling and redness on their gums and cheeks, dental caries (discolorations on the tooth), or broken teeth. If your child is old enough, ask him or her to point out the painful area. Try to get as close as possible to the location of the pain so you can establish an effective way to relieve it.

Try to Detect the Cause of the Pain

A child can bite his or her tongue or cheek, have sore gums, or develop ulcers in the mouth. Therefore, not all toothaches are toothaches. If your child has teeth that are in the process of coming in, this can also be quite painful. If your child has a tooth that is discolored, broken, loose, or has spots that are either darker or lighter than the rest of the tooth, those could also be causes of pain.

Steps to Alleviate Dental Pain

  1. Flossing is essential not only for dental health but can also help alleviate pain if it is being caused by any food particles wedged between the teeth.
  2. Rinse with warm salt water. Have your child rinse well by swishing or holding the salt water over the painful area.
  3. A cold compress can relieve pain and swelling. If there is no swelling, you can try it anyway to control the pain. Try it on for about 15 minutes, then off for 20.
  4. Give the child ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Make sure to use the appropriate dosage for your child’s age and administer it as directed.
  5. Call your child’s pediatric dentist if the pain cannot be relieved or if you are concerned that the tooth or gum is damaged.

Call your pediatrician as soon as possible if your child experiences throbbing pain, fatigue, or fever. If your son or daughter experiences mouth pain accompanied by trouble breathing or swallowing, it can indicate a more serious situation, and you should take him or her to the emergency room.

Most mouth pain or discomfort in children can be remedied with the simple steps here. An important reminder is to remain calm if your child experiences tooth pain. Your child takes cues from how you react; if you panic, he or she will panic.

Give us a call today if your child is experiment toothache. Our team will be more than happy to help.

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