When your child comes to you and says he has a toothache, it can be extremely frustrating. Often you won’t be able to see an actual problem in his mouth, so you’ll simply have to manage the symptoms until he can visit a dentist.
Be sure to follow these simple tips in order to make the best of the situation.
Discuss Your Child’s Symptoms with Him
The first thing you need to do when your child complains of a toothache is to discuss exactly what he is feeling and experiencing. Try asking some of the following questions:
- Does his tooth hurt when he chews or bites into something, or is the pain constant?
- Did he hit his mouth on something or did the pain seemingly come out of nowhere?
- Does it look chipped, cracked, or broken?
- Does he have a fever or any other symptoms?
Try to Control the Pain
Depending on your child’s age, he may be able to take over-the-counter pain medications like Tylenol in order to help with his discomfort. This can be useful in helping him to stain pain-free until he can get treatment.
Visit the Dentist
If your child has damage to the tooth, you’ll want to get him in to see his dentist right away. However, if no damage is visible, getting in at your earliest convenience will probably be fine. Your child’s pain level will also play a role in determining how soon he should be seen.
The actual treatment method used by your dentist will vary depending on the cause of the problem. If a cavity is present, a filling may be warranted, but if an infection has developed he may also require antibiotics and pain relievers. In severe cases, tooth removal may be necessary, but your dentist is your best resource in getting to the bottom of exactly what is causing your child’s sore mouth.
Please contact us if you have any questions about your child’s toothache pain.