Do you believe your child might have a toothache? We know this can be quite worrisome, but never fear! By taking the following six steps, you can help alleviate your child’s pain and get them back to good health.
Step 1: Locate the pain.
If your child is experiencing dental pain, the first thing you need to do is find the cause and location of the pain. If your child is old enough to answer questions, ask them to point to the spot where it hurts and to describe the pain. If they’re too young for this, though, you can still look for visible symptoms. For example, you’ll want to look for swelling or redness in the gums and cheeks, loose or broken teeth, or something lodged between the teeth. You can also look for tooth discoloration to identify any spots of decay.
Step 2: Gently floss their teeth.
In order to ensure that there aren’t any food particles lodged between your child’s teeth, you may want to help them floss. It’s important to do so very carefully and gently, so as not to irritate their gums. If a food particle is the issue, this should alleviate the pain right away.
Step 3: Do a saltwater rinse.
If your child is old enough to understand rinsing without swallowing, you may want to do a quick saltwater rinse. This is particularly helpful if your child has a canker sore or bit their tongue. Simply mix a teaspoon of salt into a warm glass of water, then have your child swish the mixture around their mouth for about 30 seconds and spit. This will kill bacteria around the sore and will allow it to heal faster.
Step 4: Apply a cold compress.
A great way to help alleviate pain or swelling is to apply a cold compress to your child’s cheek. Either a store-bought compress or a bag of ice wrapped in a cloth should work. Simply apply the compress for 15 minutes and then remove for another 15 minutes.
Step 5: If needed, provide pain medication.
If none of the above steps help, you may want to give your child an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Be certain to read the label before giving any medication to your child to ensure the dosage and usage is correct.
Step 6: Schedule a dental appointment.
Unfortunately, it is possible that the above treatments will not permanently fix the issue, particularly if their dental pain is a result of tooth decay. If they’re experiencing a fever, extreme pain, or fatigue, be certain to call their pediatrician straight away. Otherwise, be certain to call Countryside Dental Group right away to set up an appointment with your dentist. We will pinpoint the problem area and get your child back to good health.
Do you have any questions about your child’s dental care needs? Call Countryside Dental Group to speak with our office or to schedule an appointment!