What’s Causing My Child’s Toothache?
November 17, 2017 ABC Children's Dentistry
No one wants to see their child in pain. Toothaches for children can be especially worrisome because it can be difficult to track down the source of the pain.
In this issue, we’ll share a few basic tips you can use to track down the source of your child’s toothache.
What could be causing my child’s toothache?
It could actually be a number of things. Depending on the age and communication level of your child, it may actually be a bitten tongue or sore gums.
Among the common causes of toothaches in children are:
- Food particles stuck between teeth (if this is the case, use dental floss in an attempt to gently remove any food);
- Cracked enamel (this is often caused by biting on a hard object and can cause extreme sensitivity to cold and hot foods and liquids);
- Gum disease (in the case of gingivitis, look for red and tender gums); and
- Tooth abscess (this occurs when a pocket of puss forms in the tooth root, and can be identified by increased pain caused by tapping on the root).
What if I can’t determine the cause of my child’s toothache?
If you’re not able to track down a cause for your child’s toothache, you definitely need to make an appointment with the dentist.
In the meantime, you can make your child a bit more comfortable by having him or her rinse their mouth with warm salt water and spitting it out. You can also place a cloth-wrapped ice-pack to the outside of the affected cheek.
Remember, your child’s tooth may be especially sensitive to hot and cold foods and liquids, so your child only liquids and foods that are room temperature until they are feeling better.
If you’re looking for a children’s dentist in San Diego, call ABC Children’s Dentistry.
If your child has experienced a mild toothache and you’re not sure why it’s time to visit the dentist.
Here at ABC Children’s Dentistry in San Diego, we’re committed to eliminating any anxiety your child may have about visiting the dentist.