No parent ever wants to see their child in pain, and a child with a toothache can experience a lot of discomfort. Most of the time, a toothache is caused by injury to the tooth or a cavity. Here are some things that you can do to help your child when he has a toothache.
What To Do For A Child With A Toothache?
Assess the Situation
The Dental Council of India explains that tooth aches have a huge impact on the quality of life of children and their ability to learn. Tooth aches contribute to loss of school hours. Tooth decay is the most common disease affecting children. Its symptoms includes - Pain on chewing on that particular side. Food lodgement on or in between the teeth. Sensitivity on consuming hot/cold food. Swelling, referred pain, severe discomfort and associated fever on leaving the decay untreated for a long time.
Make an Appointment
How soon you need an appointment with your child's doctor or dentist depends on the situation. If there is obvious damage to the tooth, it is best to try to get him in right away. If the pain is not from damage or injury to the tooth and seems to come and go, then you should get him in at your provider's earliest convenience. Of course, if your child is in a lot of pain, get him in right away.
The type of treatment required will depend on the diagnosis by your doctor or dentist. The most common treatments include oral antibiotics to get rid of any infection, pain relievers (over-the-counter, or prescription, depending on the level of pain), repair of the damaged tooth, or fillings for cavities. In some cases, it is necessary to remove the tooth altogether. Your doctor or dentist will be able to determine what the best course of treatment is for your child with a toothache.
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.