Aches and pains can be stressful for both children and adults. When your child has a toothache, it may be difficult to pinpoint where the tooth pain is and what is causing it. Toothaches can simply be soreness due to growing teeth, or they could indicate a larger problem like gingivitis or tooth decay. Here are some tips for how to deal with your child’s toothache:
- Make sure it’s a toothache. Depending on how well your child can communicate, he or she may actually have sore gums or a bitten tongue.
- Have your child rinse his or her mouth with warm water or mouthwash, then inspect the teeth. There may be something caught between the teeth or noticeable bleeding from missing teeth.
- Give your child a normal dose of children’s oral pain reliever. Don’t use topical medication, as these may irritate the gums.
Many times, toothaches and mouth pain are simply due to emerging teeth. However, if the pain persists, your child may have a cavity or infection. If the area or tooth is still irritated or painful after 12 hours, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe immediately to schedule an appointment.