If your child has a toothache that lasts more than 24-48 hours, you need to see a dentist like Dr. Benjamin Burkitt as soon as you can to get help. But until you can call us at (540) 724-6335 and schedule a same-day emergency appointment for your little one, there are a few steps you can take to help your child with the pain of a toothache.
There are many different things that can cause a toothache in kids. Here are a few of the most common causes of toothaches.
Rinsing your child’s mouth with a tablespoon of salt dissolved in warm (not hot!) water can help clean the tooth area and relieve some pain and discomfort until you can see a dentist. This is a particularly good option if your child refuses to brush near their sore tooth.
Children’s Tylenol, Motrin, and other pain relievers can be a good option for pain relief. Use these over-the-counter medicines as directed based on your child’s age and weight.
Topical pain relievers like Orajel can also be used, but note that products containing benzocaine should not be used on kids under the age of 2, according to the FDA.
A cold pack, applied to the cheek near the affected tooth for 10 minutes at a time, can be a helpful way to numb the tooth and get relief from pain and discomfort until your child can see Dr. Burkitt for treatment.
A toothache is a serious problem, and the above solutions are only temporary fixes for the issue. For permanent treatment, your child needs to see Dr. Burkitt at We Care Dental Care. Dr. Burkitt will identify the cause of the toothache, provide your child with the proper treatment, and resolve the issue, relieving them of their pain and discomfort. Contact us online or call now at 540-427-7274 to schedule the treatment your little one needs right away.