10.20.2020

What Should You Do If Your Child Complains Of Tooth Pain?'

 Children sometimes complain about having scratches, bumps and bruises which amount to nothing. If they fall down and bump their heads or graze their knees, they can be pretty dramatic about it, because the shock makes them cry harder than the actual injury itself. Most of the time, these things go away on their own and aren’t anything to worry about. But if your child is routinely complaining of a painful mouth or jaw, what are the steps you should take? In this blog you will find out what you should do next if this happens to your kid, and how to deal with the situation calmly.


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  1. Examine your child’s mouth

If your child who is far past teething age complains of a sore tooth or pain in their mouth, it’s time to play dentist. You could even make this into a fun game for your child to feel more comfortable, by pretending to be a funny dentist and examining inside their mouth. Take a torch and look closely to see if there is anything obvious, such as redness, swelling, bleeding or any other abnormalities. If you see nothing, ask them where it hurts and ask them to explain in their own words how it hurts. Is it stinging? Dull ache? Sharp pain? All these will help you determine what is causing their tooth pain. 


  1. Make a dental appointment. 

If the pain does not disappear after a day or so, then there is likely something more seriously wrong. There still isn’t anything to panic about, but it is a good idea to book a dental appointment. If you can’t secure an urgent appointment and the pain is increasingly bad, try to state that there is a dental emergency which will help speed the process along. A dentist will be able to determine what has happened and source a solution. 


  1. Continue to calm your child. 

Many children are afraid of the dentist - and who can blame them? It’s a scary process for a little person to go through. If they are in pain, this fear can be extrapolated due to the fact that they already feel vulnerable. If your child acts out about going to the dentist for a checkup due to pain or soreness, try not to get frustrated with them. At the end of the day, they are probably frightened, so try to soothe them. If they aren’t used to the dentist, offer to go and sit in the chair and have the dentist “examine” your teeth first, to show them that it’s totally fine and there’s nothing to be worried about! 


In addition, you could bring a toy or game to distract your child in the waiting room of the dentist’s office. This will help them alleviate anxiety they might feel about waiting to go into the room. 


In conclusion, your child’s oral health is important. Although aches and pains come and go, if the pain is serious or long lasting, it is important that you see a professional dentist to see if something is wrong. 

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