Does your child have a toothache? There are several causes for dental aches and pains, but you won’t know until you’ve taken them to see a dentist. It’s important for them to see a dentist for a diagnosis as soon as possible, as the toothache may be a sign that there is a larger issue.
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Signs of a Toothache
Some signs that your child has a toothache include:
- Fever or headache
- Painful, inflamed gums
- Pain around tooth when pressure is applied
- Sharp or throbbing feeling
- Constant pain around tooth
Tips to Help Ease the Pain
Clove oil: Clove oil is great for killing bacteria and naturally reduces swelling. Dab a little bit of clove oil around the affected tooth. The oil might sting a bit at first, but any discomfort should quickly dissipate. If you child is older, you can try putting a whole clove in your child’s mouth, allow it to soften, and then have your child gently chew it to release the oils; you should hold the clove against the problematic tooth for thirty minutes.
Saltwater: Mix a teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water until it dissolves. Have your child swish the saltwater in their mouth, particularly around the tooth that is causing them pain. After about a minute, have them spit it out. This should help get rid of any bacteria in the mouth, as well as reduce inflammation.
Peppermint tea: Peppermint has a numbing effect that can help reduce swelling. Steep some peppermint leaves in a cup of boiling water. Once the tea cools, have your child swish it around in their mouth. They can either swallow or spit it out.
Pain Medication: You can give your child pain medication to help reduce the inflammation and relieve the pain. Just make sure that you are giving them a child-friendly medication, and that you are giving them the appropriate dosage for their age. A liquid version might be easier if they are having difficulty chewing or swallowing.
Ice Pack: Another good way to reduce swelling is by using an ice pack. Have your child place it on the cheek that is closest to the tooth that is causing them pain. You can wrap it in a clean towel if they find the ice pack too cold. This will also reduce some of the pressure they are feeling, and relief some of the pain.
Sensitivity toothpaste: If you can’t get your child to the dentist right away, have them brush their teeth with a sensitivity toothpaste. This will help with any sensitivity from hot or cold foods and beverages.
See a Dentist ASAP: Once you are aware of your child’s toothache, you should take them to see a dentist as soon as you can. Toothaches can be a result of many different issues, including food particles, tooth decay, or an infection. Even if you believe the cause is something minor, it’s best to get it checked out in case it’s more serious, or before it has time to become worse.