What To Do If Your Child Has Toohthache

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A toothache is not something that can be easily faked by your child. It can be uncomfortable, irritable and cause a lot of pain. This can make them upset, frustrated and even put them off their favorite foods. Unfortunately, there is not one simple cause for your child’s toothache. They might have a cavity, a broken tooth or their braces might be too tight. Or they might just have food caught awkwardly between their teeth. If your child is suffering from a painful toothache, the best thing you can do is to follow these steps.

Clean their teeth

toothbrush for toothache

Sometimes a toothache can be caused by a minor obstruction that can be cleared by brushing especially if your child has braces. Gentle brushing and gargling with warm water can help to remove the food or debris causing the pain. Some pain may still be caused afterward as the teeth and gums will be sensitive.

You can use over the counter medication and gels to relieve their pain and discomfort. Ibuprofen or products with benzocaine are popular options as they reduce the swelling and provide some relief. Ask the pharmacist for their recommendations based on your child’s age. Always read the instructions carefully and never apply more than stated.  There are some home remedies you can try too such as gargling salt water and using ice packs. 

Avoid hard foods

apple toothache

A toothache can make it difficult for your child to eat hard and crunchy foods like apples and bread rolls. Eating these foods can also make their toothache worse by causing additional irritation and pain. Give them soft but tasty food options instead such as ice-cream and mash potatoes. This will be kinder on their teeth and gums and cause little pain. Stick to bland and not overly spiced or seasoned meals as these can also cause further discomfort and irritation.

Avoiding hard foods may seem like an obvious step, but you’d be surprised how many parents make this mistake. Encourage your child to use plastic cutlery to eat their food with as these can be kinder than metal. 

Seek Assistance

the toothache does not go away by itself after 24 hours, you need to seek assistance. Get an appointment with your dentist or orthodontist as soon as possible to pinpoint the cause. Make sure they use quality dental tools. If you are unable to see your family dentist quickly, you need to contact an emergency dentist service instead. You can find emergency dental services contact details at Dentist.24hourly.com or use the phonebook.

These services are brilliant if a toothache develops over the weekend or while on vacation. If a toothache is causing symptoms such as fever, fatigue or issues swallowing, call an ambulance right away. Now you know what you have to do; you can effectively help your child become pain-free in no time. To reduce the chances of it happening again, teach them the importance of dental hygiene. 

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  1. Robin Masshole Mommy says:

    These are awesome tips. I would be on the phone with the dentist STAT if my kids ever had tooth pain.

  2. Helping your kids take great care of their teeth can also help prevent toothaches. These are such great tips for treating those toothaches when they do show up.

  3. Amanda Love says:

    Those are all great tips. My daughter suffered from a toothache while in France and I had to call a doctor back in London who actually advised warm water and salt and it did the trick for a while until we got back.

  4. Great tips! I love to take my kids to the dentist and I love the dentist. Have healthy and pretty teeth are very important!

  5. I love that you gave a website where you can find emergency dentists. It’s so hard if you’re not registered with one. Great article.

  6. jill conyers says:

    My kids have never had a toothache. Great tips that many will appreciate I’m sure.

  7. laura londergan says:

    these are all great tips. hopefully, since my daughter is older, we will never have to use any of these tips you have given 😉

  8. Sheena Tatum says:

    Toothaches are the worst! Even as an adult, they can be debilitating. Thank you for all the wonderful tips.

  9. Toothaches are the worst, especially when it is your child and you feel like you can’t take away their pain. It’s great to know that there are some options for finding them some relief.

  10. This is very useful for me. I might try it out. Thanks for sharing

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