Toothaches have various causes. Usually, they are the result of a cavity. Other reasons may be a broken tooth, a loose tooth, an infection or simply a piece of food that become wedged between teeth. That is why, if your child is complaining of toothache, it is advised to floss before doing anything else. After that, rinse the area with warm water.
Initial Steps to Relieve Toothache
If the tooth pain persists, you may start by reducing swelling. If the child is old enough to swish, give him warm salt water solution to alleviate oral inflammation, advised by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). In a small cup of warm water, mix a teaspoon of table salt and stir.
After that, apply a cold compress to the child’s cheek near the swelling area. Simply wrap an ice in a soft towel, help your child hold it in place to lessen the swelling and pressure inside the mouth. Cold therapy has also an anaesthetic effect that can reduce the painful sensation.
Use Pain Medications at Home
The next thing you should do is to give your child an oral anti-inflammatory medication suited for his age. Try giving a liquid form of medication. A table or capsule medication may be have for the child to swallow. Administer Advil, Tylenol or a tiny amount of an over-the-counter anaesthetic that contains Benzocaine.
Clove oil can also be used as a topical antibacterial and analgesic to provide relief for toothache. Apply the oil using a cotton swab. Dab it on the affected area around the tooth gently.
Never, under any circumstances, place aspirin directly on the gums or the tooth. This may cause soft tissue damage or even serious disease known as Reye’s Syndrome.
If your child’s symptoms already include fever, fatigue, body malaise or throbbing pain, it is important to see a doctor as soon possible. If your child is having trouble breathing or swallowing, head to your local emergency room immediately.
See Your Pediatric Dentist Soon
When your child become more comfortable and calmed, visit your dentist. Toothache can be caused by a variety of issues. Never ignore an oral pain, even if your child may seem momentarily at ease. Look for professional help as soon as possible because an oral procedure or a prescription medication may be needed to the treat the pain symptoms effectively.
Has your child complaining of a toothache? Follow the steps we have outline above to see if the problem is resolved. If not, contact Dr. Soo Jun of Mint Kids Dentistry as soon as possible.