When you’re eating a snack or sitting down to a meal together and you notice your child is experiencing chewing pain, your antenna immediately goes up. Is this normal? Is it a sign of an oral health problem? How to know when a bit of discomfort in a developing grin is to be expected, when it really shouldn’t be happening, and what to do about it all? Our Dallas, TX team reminds you, of course, that we are always here to help you when you need our support! As for the brief rundown that can answer your most pressing questions, let’s get started.
The Times It’s Normal
We remind you that there are, of course, certain instances in which chewing may become a bit uncomfortable for your child. First, when baby teeth are loose, this can make them uncomfortable to chew with, so advise your kiddo to use other teeth! Then, when baby teeth fall out and new teeth are just erupting, this can cause some irritation, which will not last long (as teeth will grow in swiftly). However, in the meantime, you may encourage your child to chew with other teeth. You may also apply topical anesthetic to the site if it’s particularly uncomfortable. Avoiding spicy, hot foods that can cause discomfort is also a wise plan.
The Times It Isn’t Normal
If teeth aren’t in the process of falling out or growing in, most other instances of chewing pain mean something isn’t going according to plan with your child’s oral health. What to make of it? Well, remember that pain when biting down is often the result of an existing cavity, the presence of an infection, or some type of injury to the affected tooth or gum. There’s no need to panic! We offer restorative treatments to fix possible concerns.
What You Can Do Right Away
You can relieve any pain that persists with two specific suggestions. First, remember that any aching or soreness is easily relieved with the use of an over-the-counter children’s pain reliever. As for easing immediate irritation and keeping the area clean, continue with gentle dental hygiene as usual. You may wish to have your child swish with salt water, as well.
When You Should See Us
If you are ever unsure about pain, chewing pain or otherwise, contact us right away for a dental visit!
Schedule A Visit For Chewing Pain
When your child experiences chewing pain, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Whether it turns out everything is just fine or if your child requires a dental treatment, we can fix your little one up in no time! Schedule a visit with your Dallas, TX children’s dentist, Dr. Marr at Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda by calling 214-321-4880. We proudly welcome patients from Dallas, TX, and all surrounding communities, including Casa Linda and more.