Toothache is a common dental problem caused by tooth decay and other gum problems. While we maintain our dental health through dental cleaning, sometimes there can be persistent issues that can cause other teeth and gum diseases. Here are some simple ways to handle your child’s toothache.
Find the cause of the toothache
While all sorts of toothaches generally feel the same, the cause can be due to a number of different reasons. As any health problem is presented, you should first find out what is causing the toothache, so that you know how to address it, and what types of medication your child will need.
Candies, tooth decay, gum wounds and infections are a few of the causes of a toothache. These cases are separately addressed, which is why it is important to find the cause in order to promote quick healing.
Know what pain medications are good for your child and their side effects
Pain meds are available over the counter and there are products specifically made for kids. Home medication is generally accepted, as long as you seek medical advice and it is approved by a physician.
There are also natural home remedies you can use for your child’s toothache. What you want to avoid are complications and side effects of the medications your child takes, as this can increase their discomfort and pain. If the toothache becomes severe and your child starts to have chills or a fever, you will need to see a dentist to prevent further infection and complications.
Seeing the dentist
Most kids are scared of the dentist and these are mostly incorrect misconceptions. A common line you will hear is, “I don’t want to go, I’m scared”. From there, it is a series of arguments and trying to convince your kids to go. This is normal.
Preparing them to see a dentist is simple. It is important you make your child understand that dentists are friends and they can heal the toothache. You can also follow the “reward” technique, after going to the dentist. It is also important that you stay by their side the whole time so they feel safe.
Some Home Remedies that Work
Home remedies can help with reducing pain and healing infections. Just remember that with your child, it is not a trial and error method, and you should use home remedy techniques that are proven to work.
- Garlic or cashew oil. Rub the oil on the painful tooth. If your child refuses, you can let him/her use their own finger to rub the oil. This can alleviate the pain and even cure infections.
- Peppermint is a known pain reliever because of its cooling effect and natural antioxidants. Take a small peppermint leaf and place it on the affected tooth.
- Warm compress. Warm compress works for all sorts of inflamed skin cases, and also with toothaches. If your child is having a hard time opening their mouth due to the pain, you can apply a warm damp cloth on the cheeks near the affected tooth.
- Potato bits cooled in the fridge and placed on the affected tooth can help relieve the pain.
Dental health is important because it secures your smile and keeps teeth strong and healthy. While there are many simple ways to handle a toothache, preventative care is always better than trying to treat an infected tooth. Don’t let your kids go through the painful ordeal of a toothache by making sure their dental health is well maintained.
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