Dealing with Dental Pain in Children

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The only thing more frustrating than having dental pain is to witness your child suffering with dental pain, especially if the child is very young.

The first thing to do is to calm down. Don’t panic and don’t be dramatic. Be gentle and loving, but not stressed. Remember that you are the most trusted adult in your child’s eyes. If your child sees you in a panic, he or she will also become panicked.

Verify if your child is actually having tooth pain. Often, a child bites the inside of his or her own cheek causing pain that can be confused with dental pain. The common response is to put his or her hand to a cheek, which makes parents assume dental pain. If the child is too young or too scared to talk, you may have to look inside his or her mouth to verify actual dental pain.

Often times, dental pain in children is caused by food that’s stuck between two teeth. If you see it, you can try flossing it out. If the child is still with milk (baby) teeth, he or she may have a loose tooth or new teeth might be pushing up, causing the discomfort. This happens usually when the child is 5 or 6 years old, although it can vary somewhat from child to child. Hopefully, you have discussed this with a pediatric dentist and have prepared for this.

If the dental pain is real, it’s best to take your child to the dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can ease his or her pain with either plain warm water or lightly salted warm water. Ask the child to rinse his or her mouth and spit.

If possible, avoid feeding your child until he or she sees the dentist. If feeding cannot be avoided, avoid salty, spicy, cold, or hot foods and stick to soft, bland foods at room temperature.

If you give your child pain medication, make sure that you’re using the correct dosage, since adult doses might be harmful.

Try distracting the child’s attention away from their pain. It doesn’t always work, but sometimes, the child’s favorite TV show or video game will keep him or her distracted long enough.

Finally, when going to the dentist, reassure your child that he or she is going to be fine and that the purpose of the visit is precisely to stop his or her pain. Remember that from a child’s perspective, a visit to the dentist might seem even scarier than the pain, so it’s important to reassure them.

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