How to Get Rid of Your Child’s Toothache

What is a toothache?

A toothache or tooth pain often occurs when the nerve of a tooth is irritated, but there are other reasons a person could experience a toothache.

Why does your child have this tooth pain?

Toothaches occur from inflammation of the central portion of the tooth, where the nerve endings are sensitive to pain. Inflammation to that area can be caused by anything that has contact with the tooth.

Causes of a toothache can be related to the following: dental infection, periodontal disease, gingivitis, plaque, tooth decay, injury, cracked teeth, poorly placed fillings or crowns, failing or leaking fillings or crowns, loss of a tooth (including tooth extractions), temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, or obstructive sleep apnea.

What are the signs & symptoms of a toothache?

The signs and symptoms your child may show as a result of having a toothache could include:

  • Pain when chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold air and/or liquids
  • Bleeding or discharge from around a tooth or gums
  • Swelling around a tooth or swelling of the jaw or cheek
  • Injury or trauma to the area

If a toothache is severe or persists for longer than 15 seconds after the pressure or temperature exposure ceases, then this could be an indication of a more serious problem. If there is severe inflammation of the tooth, the pain can radiate to the cheek, the ear, or the jaw.

How do you get rid of your child’s toothache?

It is recommended to have your dentist evaluate and examine your child’s toothache. Make notes about when it started, how frequent the pain is, and potentially what could be causing it, from new foods to new activities to anything else that may be new in your child’s routine. This information will help assist the dentist in their diagnosis.

If you are experiencing tooth pain or any of the above signs and symptoms, call our office today at (516) 758 – KIDS to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sybil, our Garden City Pediatric Dentist.

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