- On June 15, 2016
When your child is suffering from dental pain it can be excruciating for them… and for you. As a parent, you never want to see your child in pain. As somebody who has probably had a bad toothache before, you also know how truly miserable the experience can be.
There are some things you can do to help your child when they’re experiencing dental pain. Use this guide to put your child at ease and get them out of pain as soon as possible ahead of a dental office visit.
Start Pain Relief Immediately
Parents often go into soothing mode when their child has a toothache. While a few kind words can help, the fact is that kids need real pain relief to feel better.
To help your child, start with having them swish warm saltwater around in their mouth before spitting it out. This can reduce inflammation and help the pain subside – at least a little bit. A teaspoon of table salt mixed into about a half cup of water will work well.
After using the saltwater solution, place a cold compress on your child’s cheek close to the irritated tooth. You can even use a cold gel compress wrapped in cloth material inside the mouth to relieve pain if your child is old enough to not bite down too hard.
Use Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers
Over-the-counter pain relievers can go a long way toward relieving mild to moderate pain. When you’re dealing with children though, you need to make sure you choose a pain reliever that’s appropriate for their age. In many cases, you might need to seek a liquid version of a pain reliever rather than chewable tablets if your child isn’t old enough to swallow regular pain relief pills.
Another option is to dab clove oil onto a cotton ball or cotton pad and apply it to the affected area. Clove oil has natural pain relieving properties and it can help in some cases. Products designed for topical use that contain clove oil can typically be found in most drug stores as well.
Even if your child is in a lot of pain, avoid giving medications that are potentially too harsh. These could do more harm than good.
Call the Dentist
Dental pain in children can be caused by a wide variety of factors, including impacted food, decay and trauma to the area. Without visiting a dentist, you won’t know why your child has a toothache in the first place.
Even if your child seems to be feeling better after using a compress and over-the-counter pain reliever, you still need to make a dentist appointment. Toothaches can subside and flare up again, causing pain that is much worse the second time around.
It’s also important that your child gets the appropriate treatment for potentially damaged teeth.
Hopefully you won’t have to wait long to get your child in to see the dentist. We all know that sometimes a toothache rears its head on a Sunday morning at 5am though.
While you’re waiting on the dentist, make sure you take the time to be kind and gentle with your child. A few soothing words can really go a long way, as can their favorite cartoons or music they love.
Creating a soothing, comfortable environment for your child can help reduce discomfort until you can get them into the dentist’s chair.
Dr. David Brumbaugh
Contact R. David Brumbaugh, D.D.S to learn more about how you can help your kids when they’re suffering from dental pain. No child loves visiting the dentist, but the more you expose them to proper tooth care, the less pain and dental fear they’ll have down the road.