When a child has a toothache, parents can be faced with a difficult situation. Parents will want to immediately help the child by easing the pain, but the child may not want to let their parents even look in their mouth, fearing that if anyone touches the tooth it will cause additional pain. Rather than wait for the pain to subside, parents should immediately bring children with toothaches to see a dentist in order to determine the official cause of the pain. However, while waiting for the dentist appointment, there are a few things parents can do to help their child rest comfortably.
Try A Few Home Remedies
If you cannot get into the dentist for a few days, you can ease the pain that your child is feeling with a few home remedies. However, be sure that your child is not allergic to any of the ingredients in these home remedies.
- Apply a warm towel on the outside of the jaw of the problem area in order to soothe it from the outside. This is especially helpful when the child does not want to open his or her mouth.
- Rinse a few slices of potato in cold water and place in the fridge. After the potato slices are cold, allow the child to put them onto the tooth. The coolness will help ease the pain that is being felt.
- Take clove, garlic or cashew oil and rub them onto the aching tooth. This has been known to reduce pain and in many cases completely remove it.
- Take a dried peppermint leaf and place it around the painful tooth. The child may need
to rinse and spit every few minutes if the peppermint flavor becomes too strong, but the
peppermint should provide some relief to their pain.
Getting Ready for the Dentist
Take a dried peppermint leaf and place it around the painful tooth. The child may need to rinse and spit every few minutes if the peppermint flavor becomes too strong, but the peppermint should provide some relief to their pain. Getting Ready for the Dentist Many children do not like to go to the dentist, but in most cases a little education and gentle coaxing will be enough to get the child ready to go. Before going to the dentist, be sure that you:
- Talk about how the dentist is going to help the pain that is being felt
- Address any fears that your child may have before the trip to help them be ready for what they are about to experience
- Consider making your dentist appointment at a time that allows you to take your child somewhere fun before or after. This can help to ease the discomfort that he or she may be feeling.
At the Dentist Office
Once you are at the dentist office, your child may start to feel increasingly anxious and may be hesitant to open his or her mouth. Here are a few tips to help address your child’s concerns:
- Let them meet the dentist
- Make sure you stay with your child, holding their hand if necessary
- Talk softly and gently to coax the child into opening his or her mouth The dentist is not meant to be a terrifying experience for a child, but without proper preparation it can easily be a little intimidating.
You Are What You Eat
Many times, children have toothaches due to what they are eating. Most kids love:
- Carbonated drinks
But all of these foods and drinks can cause tooth decay, cavities, and lead to toothaches, especially when the child does not brush their teeth immediately after eating. The tooth is damaged when bacteria in the mouth breaks down the sugars in these foods, and the calcium in the enamel starts to slowly decay. The longer and more frequently teeth are exposed to sugar, the faster this decay will occur.
Visual Appearance of the Mouth
Since children will sometimes mask pain they feel out of fear, or exaggerate pain in order to get attention, it can be difficult to determine the severity and precise cause of the pain. With toothaches, sometimes the pain that a child feels may not be the actual tooth, but is the gum around the teeth becoming inflamed due to gingivitis or periodontitis. Other times, the pain that a child feels in their mouth is nothing more than an ulcer or cold sore. When your child opens his or her mouth, look at the gums as well as the teeth to look for any swelling that may be abnormal.