Taming the Toothache
Mom, you know it always breaks your heart when your child is in pain. And for those of you who have had toothaches, you know just how painful they can be. When your child has a toothache, do not wait to take action. That is why it is SO important for you to start a good oral health regime with your kids when they are very young… no one wants to deal with their seven-year-old getting two fillings, a baby crown, and a tooth extraction in one dental visit! We can help you take preventative steps today.
You may ask, “what is the best remedy for consuming lots of sugar but keeping healthy teeth during the holiday season?” and the best answer is good oral hygiene. Brush those teeth often, floss daily, and don’t let your little sweets monsters eat too much sugar. We are in the thick of the holidays, and there are pies and cookies everywhere you go. Maybe consider sanitarily carrying toothbrushes and floss in your purse for a midday teeth cleaning.
Tooth Trouble | What’s Causing the Toothache?
Some toothaches can be easily taken care of in the comfort of your own home, while others absolutely require a dental checkup. Of course, there are a multitude of reasons why your child may have a toothache. The list goes on and on.
- Swollen gums
- Seasonal allergies
- Mouth sores (e.g. canker sores)
- Poor diet (too many sugary sweets)
- Loose teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Incoming teeth
- Getting bumped in the face
For causes such as seasonal allergies, incoming teeth, mouth sores, or food lodged between teeth — try flossing and brushing first, also prepare some warm salt water for your child to rinse their mouth out. If the pain continues, give your child some Tylenol or Advil to keep the ache at bay. Not helping?
Other at home remedies include: applying clove oil to the base of the aching tooth with a cotton ball, place a cold compress against your child’s cheek (the inflamed side of the face), have your young one suck on a frozen spoon or fruit popsicle, and some people even crush a clove of garlic and apply it to the hurting area. Feel free to call your pediatric dentist for guidance on what to do.
The most common causes of toothaches are cavities and rotting teeth, most likely caused by eating too many sugary and processed foods or from lack of proper oral hygiene – for many, it is even a mixture of both! Look inside of your child’s mouth and check for holes or brown spots, often found on the biting surfaces of the teeth and between touching surfaces. If you find anything, be sure to schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatric dentist at Snodgrass-King. We will be able to diagnose the issue quickly for faster relief.
Please do not ignore your child’s or your own oral pain. While some toothaches may go away in a short period of time, others can lead to losing teeth. Yikes! If a good flossing, some Tylenol, and a day of rest don’t alleviate the ache, please request an appointment with us at Snodgrass-King. Pay attention to good oral hygiene and healthy eating habits this holiday season.