The Toothache

Toothaches can be really hard on your little ones; and especially hard on you. Dealing with
the pain can mean many restless nights for your child and your whole family. The pain
may be so great that your child refuses allow you to help alleviate the pain. Sometimes a
child believes that the remedy is scary and will be more painful than the toothache itself.

It is important for you to address the toothache quickly but gently, without creating additional fear in
your child.


It is important for you as a parent to understand the causes of your child’s toothache. Many
times the problem may be in your child’s diet. Candy, chocolate and soft drinks contain
refined sugars that cause decay or erosion of teeth leading to cavities, gum disease or even
exposed tooth root in your child’s mouth.

A toothache occurs when the decay has penetrated the pulp chamber of the tooth or is
very close to it.
This is the chamber in your child’s tooth that contains the nerves and blood
vessels and is especially sensitive to decay.

Define what is causing the pain and pinpoint it. It is important to figure out what exactly
is bothering your child. Ask your child if it is a sharp pain, or just general soreness around
the tooth. Sometimes children tend to either hide and keep quiet about the toothache or
exaggerate the pain, so it’s best to know what you’re dealing with. Ask your child to point
out the source of the ache. Next, check for red spots and swelling inside their cheeks. If you
cannot see any swelling, chances are your child has a toothache, and get an appointment
with your child’s pediatric dentist as soon as they can get you in.

Getting ready for the dentist is a good idea and making sure your child feels at ease about
their visit. Your child may be a bit apprehensive to go to the dentist, but it is important that you
don’t postpone the appointment because of this. Your child needs immediate dental care
for their toothache, especially if it is an abscess or cavity.

A toothache can be an experience for any family. Make sure you know how to identify their
symptoms and take them to see your pediatric dentist as soon as possible.