What If My Child Has a Toothache?

Toothaches can be scary even for adults, but for young children, it can be significantly more so. If the pain is severe, it can also be highly distressing, which makes seeking professional treatment for the condition even more important. At our Dallas, TX, dental office, helping children treat and recover from toothaches is an important of our children’s dentistry services. That’s because the pain often indicates an underlying problem that could affect your child’s oral health for years to come if not addressed.

What to Do First

The first step should be to help you child mitigate the pain as much as possible. Try using a cold compress or ice pack to numb the area and reduce swelling. Also, have your child rinse their mouth carefully with warm water to dislodge any debris that may be making things worse. Then, carefully inspect your child’s mouth to see if you notice damage to any of the teeth’s surfaces.

What the Toothache Could Mean

Seeking professional treatment is necessary for several reasons. First, relieving the toothache will require first diagnosing its cause, which only the dentist can do. Second, only your child’s dentist can effectively address the condition to alleviate the discomfort and improve the tooth’s health. Once your child’s toothache is mitigated as much as possible, call the dentist and schedule a visit

Possible Treatment Options

Treating a toothache means treating its cause, which is why toothache treatment means something different for everyone. For example, if your child’s teeth are sensitive because their enamel is becoming too weak, then the dentist may suggest fortifying it with fluoride treatment and/or dental sealants. However, if a cavity has formed, then a tooth filling may be necessary, instead.

Call us if your child has a toothache

If your child has a sudden, severe toothache, then you should schedule an appointment with the dentist as soon as possible to learn how best to alleviate it. For more information, schedule an appointment by calling Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda in Dallas, TX today at 214-321-4880. We proudly serve patients living in Casa Linda and all surrounding Dallas communities, including Lakewood, Lake Highlands, Forest Hills, East Dallas, Mesquite, Garland, Richardson, and more.

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