Common Dental Complaints: What To Do If Your Tooth Hurts
It’s perfectly normal for your child to complain of soreness or pain in their mouth, gums or teeth. The mouth is a sensitive area of the body, and because it’s exposed to food and drinks on a daily basis, there’s a greater risk for an infection or complication. After all, that’s why we have dentists.
At Kool Smiles, we’re accustomed to treating patients with dental complaints, and below are some of the most common problems.
Common Dental Problems and Causes of Pain
If your child is complaining of a toothache or any other type of mouth pain, it could be due to a variety of reasons. These are the most common indicators that your child has a dental problem and should likely see a dentist. Taking your child to the dentist twice each year will help ensure great dental care and prevent these issues.
Pain When Eating
It’s possible to experience a sharp pain when biting into food, especially something hard like an apple. This could be a sign of tooth decay, a loose filling, cracked tooth or damage to the pulp tissue inside the tooth.
Sensitivity to Food or Drink
Teeth can become sensitive to cold air, food or drinks. While this can sometimes be a sign of a loose filling, it’s often easily corrected with a fluoride treatment or special toothpaste. Brushing with softer bristles may also help to alleviate the pain. Speak to a dentist to identify if this complaint is a minor problem, or an indication of something more serious.
Canker sores, cold sores and fever blisters can be a painful nuisance. Fortunately, they will usually go away on their own in a week or two. Over-the-counter medication can speed up the recovery process from a mouth sore.
Redness or Swelling of Gums
Redness or swelling around the gums or teeth can be the sign of an abscess or infection, and a dentist should be seen as soon as possible.
Soreness in the Upper Jaw
The grinding of teeth can cause a condition called bruxism. In addition to soreness in the jaw and face, your child may also complain of headaches if they grind their teeth. Your child should be evaluated by a dentist to correct the problem and prevent long-term damage.
Some children have teeth that are so overcrowded they begin to cause pain or trouble eating and speaking. Additionally, a crooked smile can be damaging to one’s self-esteem. Fortunately, an orthodontist can treat and correct the problem.
If your child is complaining of any pain, soreness or swelling in their mouth, teeth or gums, make an appointment at your nearest Kool Smiles today by calling (855) 854-3621. Our general dentists and specialists will examine the situation and recommend a course of treatment to remedy your child’s dental problems.