A toothache can be triggered for several reasons. A toothache happens when a cavity or decay has reached the inner layers of the teeth where it is most sensitive and prone to infection. For our children, any continuous pain or discomfort that they feel in their teeth is a toothache already. And with no relief, they can become cranky, tearful, and miserable. When this happens to your child, you look for ways to get rid of your child’s toothache without delay.
Here at Kidsmile, we do our best to let the parents know of the following simple tips to get rid of a toothache, if and when it happens:
Gargle With Warm Saltwater
This simple tip to rid of a child’s toothache is a common remedy among parents. All you need to do is to dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of hot water. When it gets warm, let your child use it as a mouthwash. Have your child swish or gargle it for about 30 seconds before spitting it out. The combination of water and salt cleans the teeth and its surrounding gums, usually causing the swelling to shrink. You child can gargle with this solution as often as needed to relieve the pain.
Apply Ice or a Cold Compress to the Affected Area
You can do this simple tip in several ways. The first one is to simply put an ice cube in a small zipper plastic bag, wrap it in a thin cloth, and apply it directly to the tooth. You can do this for about 15 minutes with 10-minute intervals. Another way is to use ice as a cold compress. The ice pack can be put on your child’s cheek where the painful tooth is. The last one is to just simply let your child nibble on an ice cube or chunk, letting it stay where the toothache is located. Applying ice on the affected tooth can numb the nerves and temporarily rid your child’s toothache.
Brush and Floss Your Child’s Teeth
This tip is most useful for toothaches caused by an obstruction, usually between the teeth and gums. Instances like stuck food or lodged food particles in the back teeth can cause major discomfort to your child. By brushing your child’s teeth and using dental floss afterward, it will hopefully minimize the pain as it removes the block. Using a toothpaste that is made for sensitive teeth and a toothbrush with soft bristles may also be helpful.
Take Over-the-Counter Oral Medication
If your child’s toothache becomes very painful and intolerable, oral medication may be given. You can give him or her an over-the-counter pain relief oral medicine like Paracetamol or Ibuprofen, following the recommended dosage and instruction from your child’s dentist or doctor.
This will help in making your child feel more comfortable despite the toothache. It will help to reduce the swelling and throbbing of the teeth and gums. And more so, it will allow your child to eat something if he or she has not been able to do so because of the pain.
There are also over-the-counter pain relief gels and creams that has benzocaine that might be effective in getting rid of your child’s toothache. However, this kind of medication should only be used upon your child’s dentist or pediatrician’s recommendation or approval.
Consult with Your Child’s Dentist As Soon As Possible
After all the tips given above, it is time to visit your pediatric dentist or sometimes, your child’s doctor. Medical attention is needed right away if your child’s toothache becomes unbearable and he or she starts to have a fever. It is also important to follow-up with the pediatric dentist if the toothache persists, does not go away after a day, or returns after treatment has been done.
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