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What to Do When Your Child Has Tooth Pain

Brunette little girl in a white jumper cringing in pain and touching her cheek due to a toothache

Untreated tooth decay and cavities, chips, and breaks can cause mouth pain for your child. Follow these tips to help give your child relief for their tooth pain until we can determine the underlying cause of their discomfort!

Place a Cold Compress on Their Cheek

Cold compresses like a wet washcloth, a bag of frozen peas, or an ice pack can help reduce swelling and inflammation. But don’t apply it directly to your child’s skin; wrap it in a thin towel. Then have your child press the compress against their face in increments of 10-20 minutes. Have them wait another 10-20 minutes before reapplying cold therapy.

Rinse with Warm Salt Water

A homemade saltwater rinse can be helpful for older children who can swish and spit. Mix half a teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water. Encourage your child to rinse their mouth for about 30 seconds before spitting out the water. This can be done several times a day.

Use Over-the-Counter Pain Medication

Medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen can provide fast and effective pain relief for a variety of conditions. Always follow the dosage instructions and talk to your child’s primary care provider if they are younger than the age on the label’s directions. Place medication bottles out of your child’s reach. Regularly remind them that they need your permission to take any medicine.

Emergency Dental Care for Kids at CarolinasDentist

If your child is experiencing tooth pain, schedule a same-day appointment with our emergency dentist at CarolinasDentist. Don’t wait, especially if your child is in severe pain! Our multiple locations offer both children’s dentistry and emergency visits. We can diagnose your child’s tooth pain and recommend the appropriate treatment to relieve their discomfort. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment for your child!

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