What To Do About A Toothache

What To Do About A Toothache
Posted on 12/19/2018

Toothache Tips From Your Lynnwood Children’s Dentist

At Alderwood Children's Dentistry, it is important to us that your child is comfortable. However, sometimes toothaches and tooth pain are inevitable. If your child is experiencing a toothache, schedule an appointment with us right away. You will need to be prepared to help treat your child at home while waiting for your appointment with these tips from our highly trained, professional and expert team. The tips below will help you provide short-term pain relief before you and your child visit us at our Lynnwood office.

Home remedies for a toothache

1. Warm salt water

-Salt and warm water have a long-standing reputation for easing the pain associated with a toothache.
-The solution pulls out fluids from the gums that are causing the irritation and helps to reduce the aching sensation  
-Start by heating up a cup of water
-Add in a tablespoon of salt, stir until salt is mixed in
-Have your little rinse and gargle the warm salt water
-Repeat this remedy as needed

2. Ice or cold compress

If you notice swelling your child’s face, grab an ice pack or something frozen and place it on their swollen cheek. This will likely help to ease the pain, especially if your child has a loose tooth. Swelling could be a sign that your child has a sac of pus deep in the root of their tooth. This could result in serious infection in their jaw.   
-Place ice or cold compress and hold on your child’s cheek for at least 7 minutes or until the area is numb

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

While the smell can sometimes be overwhelming, this product contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Apple cider vinegar also helps to kill any bacteria causing your child’s toothache.

-Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar
-Press gently on the aching tooth

Causes of tooth pain

A toothache is primarily caused by tooth decay in young children. Bacteria that live in their little mouths latch onto the sugars leftover from the food they eat, forming a sticky plaque on their teeth. Acids created by these bacteria can eat through the enamel on the outside of their little teeth resulting in a cavity.

Other causes of a toothache, tooth pain include:

-Accumulation of food and debris between your child’s teeth
-Inflammation of infection at the root of the tooth or gum
-A sudden split of the tooth or tooth root
-Other teeth that start to appear through gums when your child does not have enough room in their mouth for the growth of more teeth

Give our Lynnwood office a call and start treating at home

If your child has a toothache or tooth pain, do not hesitate to give Dr. Clint Worton at Alderwood Children’s Dentistry a call at (425) 775-5411. Your Lynwood pediatric dentist and his staff are expert at working with children to not only teach them how to prevent cavities but to help through any dental emergency they may have. We want to hear from and help our Edmond, Bothell, Mill Creek, and all of our Lynnwood, WA, area young patients in any way we can. In the meantime, be sure to follow the home remedies above to help ease the pain your child is experiencing with their tooth pain.