How to Relieve Your Child's Tooth Pain
If your child complains of tooth pain, he or she should see a dentist to evaluate the cause of the pain. The toothache may be a sign of a problem that will get worse if left untreated.
The kid-friendly dentists at Kool Smiles can find the cause of the pain and fix the problem. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
What Causes Tooth Pain?
Your child's dentist will be able to determine why your child is having tooth pain. Often, it is caused by irritation of the nerve endings inside the tooth. This irritation can be a sign of tooth decay, infection, or an injury. Gum disease can also be a cause of tooth pain.
Below is a list of different types of tooth pain and their causes:
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods—Recent dental work may have inflamed the pulp (made up of living tissue) inside the tooth, causing temporary sensitivity.
- Sharp pain—This may be caused by decay, a loose filling, or a cracked tooth. There might be damage to the pulp, as well.
- Lingering pain (lasting more than 30 seconds)—The pulp may have been damaged by decay or trauma.
- Constant, severe pain or pressure—There might be an infection in the tissue and bone surrounding the tooth.
- Dull ache and pressure in upper teeth—Dull aches may be caused by teeth grinding.
When to See a Dentist
It's best to see a dentist as soon as possible to determine the cause of the pain and treat the problem. You should take your child to a dentist if:
- The pain is not relieved by over-the-counter pain medicine
- The pain comes after a tooth has been taken out
- Your child has painful swelling or a fever along with tooth or jaw pain
- A tooth has been broken or knocked out
What to Do Until Your Kid Can See the Dentist
It's not always possible to see a dentist immediately after tooth pain begins. While your child waits to see the dentist, he or she can be more comfortable by following these tips:
- For sharp tooth pain, take over-the-counter pain relievers (use only as directed on the package) for temporary relief
- If your teeth are sensitive to temperature, avoid hot or cold foods and drinks
- If you’ve lost a filling, dip a cotton swab in clove oil and apply it to the tooth.
- For less severe pain, swish warm water mixed with a few teaspoons of salt in your mouth (don't swallow)
- Go to the dentist if any extreme pain persists or worsens, so you can be evaluated for further treatment and procedures
How to Avoid Tooth Pain
You can help your child avoid tooth pain by encouraging healthy dental habits. These include prevention techniques, such as:
- Daily brushing with a fluoride toothpaste
- Flossing once a day
- Wearing a mouth guard when playing sports
- Seeing a dentist twice a year for routine check-ups and cleanings
Schedule an Appointment for Your Child’s Tooth Pain
If your child is suffering from pain in his or her teeth, make an appointment with a Kool Smiles dentist. All of our dentists are experienced in working with kids and can help treat and prevent toothaches.
Contact Kool Smiles today for convenient and affordable dental care.