What to Do If My Child Has a Toothache

A dark-haired girl cringes in pain and touches her cheek due to a toothache 

No parent likes to see their child in pain. If your child complains of a toothache, it could point to a potentially serious health issue. In this blog post, we go over possible causes of a toothache and what to do for your child.

Toothache Causes

Tooth and/or gum pain has a few causes. Broken teeth, lost fillings, tooth decay, and infections can all cause increased sensitivity and pain. If the discomfort isn’t severe, check if your child has something stuck in their teeth. Flossing and swishing with lukewarm water will likely remove any foreign objects like popcorn kernels or seeds.

Intense, throbbing pain can mean infection, which requires emergency care. If your child is also experiencing an earache, pain when they open their mouth, and a fever, please don’t wait to contact us and let us know what’s going on. Even if the pain isn’t agonizing, please call us anyway. Mild toothaches are still considered emergencies.

How to Ease Your Child’s Tooth Pain

Although the best form of treatment is to seek urgent dental care, there are a few things you can do at home to help ease your child’s pain besides taking children’s Tylenol. Help them swish lukewarm water with a teaspoon of salt. Or hold a cold pack wrapped in a washcloth or dish towel against their jaw and cheek.

Toothache Treatment in Indian Trail, NC

At our office, we’re proud to provide comprehensive dentistry, including emergency dental care and children’s dentistry. While infections don’t cause every toothache, pain is still the body’s way of telling you it needs help. Whether a crack, decay, gum disease, or infection is causing the toothache, Pleasant Plains Dental is here to help. Please contact us with any questions or if your child needs care for a toothache!