Toothaches are common among children. As parents, it’s best not to worry too much — your child is typically experiencing toothaches because of different reasons including incoming teeth, plaque buildup, tooth decay, food trapped between teeth, and broken teeth. Dr. Dennis Laurich can help you learn more about remedies for your kid’s toothache relief.
So what should you do if your child suddenly complains of a toothache?
Before applying any remedy, you should initially attempt to find out what’s causing your child’s toothache. Ask them to describe the pain or point out the painful area. But if they are not yet old enough to do so, look for redness on the cheeks and gums, broken teeth, swelling, and discoloration.
Once you have found a tooth that is discolored, loose or broken, you have most likely found the culprit.
How to Ease Your Child’s Toothache
Rinse with warm salt water
Mix a teaspoon of table salt into a cup of warm water. Let your child rinse their mouth with this solution for approximately 30 seconds before spitting it out. This solution will help kill the bacteria around the affected area and promote faster healing.
Help Them Floss
Remove all food particles that might have been trapped between your child’s teeth. Be careful and gentle when helping your child floss since their gums may be sensitive. If your child has braces or has difficulty flossing their teeth, consider getting a water flosser to make flossing a lot easier.
Apply a Cold Compress
You should apply a cold compress to your kid’s outer cheek near the swollen or painful area. Try icing the area for 15 minutes and taking another 15 minutes off.
Give Pain Medications
When pain does not stop, let your child take anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen and acetaminophen. However, make sure that the medications you give to your kids are safe for them by reading the Drug Facts label, giving the right amount, and looking for the active ingredient.
Clove oil is an effective home remedy for your kid’s tooth relief because this is an anti-microbial and anti-fungal essential oil. With a cotton swab, gently dab clove oil to the affected area for temporary pain relief.
When to Call a Dentist
If flossing, icing, rinsing, and medications are not effective at permanently relieving your child’s toothache, call a pediatric dentist right away. When the cause of a toothache is a cavity, they must be seen by a dentist for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Laurich Dentistry suggests going to your child’s dentists immediately if your kids are experiencing fatigue, fever or extreme pain.