When children develop toothaches, they don’t always handle them as calmly as adults often do. In addition to the pain itself, children might have no idea where it’s coming from or what it means, which could make their situation more stressful and frightening. At our Dallas, TX, dental office, we’re proud to provide the compassionate care that children need in a comfortable, calming environment to treat their toothaches and help them feel more at ease during their visit.
Understanding what the ache could mean
The most important thing to know about any toothache is what’s causing it so your dentist will know how to treat it. Pinpointing the exact cause behind your child’s toothache takes a thoroughly and comprehensive examination. However, some of the more common causes of toothaches for children include:
- Weakening tooth enamel
- Growing tooth misalignment
- A developing cavity
- Worn-down tooth structure
- And more
The first things you should do
Even before you schedule an emergency visit with the dentist, there are a few things you should do if your child develops a toothache. For instance, you can help your child find temporary relief from the toothache by using a cold-compress or small ice pack. You may also try over-the-counter pain reliever that’s made specifically for children, and rinse your child’s mouth thoroughly with warm water. Once the situation is under control, call your child’s dentist office as soon as possible to schedule an emergency dental visit. The sooner your child sees the dentist and has their toothache diagnosed, the faster they can find relief from it.
How we can alleviate the toothache
To treat your child’s toothache, we’ll first find out what’s wrong with the tooth to make it hurt. This includes carefully examining the tooth and surrounding oral tissues for signs of infection, damage, or more, then designing an appropriate treatment based on the exam. The right solution depends on your child’s specific needs. For instance, to strengthen weak tooth enamel, we might recommend fluoride treatment. To treat a cavity, we may suggest using tooth-colored composite resin to fill it.
Make a dental appointment for your child
Toothaches can be especially harsh for children, but with the right customized, compassionate care, we can quickly and effectively alleviate them. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda in Dallas, TX today at 214-321-4880. We proudly serve patients who live around Casa Linda and all surrounding Dallas communities.