Pediatric Dentistry

Tooth Pain in Kids: Common Causes and Steps to Take


Has your baby been drooling excessively lately, putting everything in their mouth and being extra cranky than regular? They are probably getting their first teeth. And with them comes the tooth pain that may make both their life and your life quite miserable for a while. Hang in there, this too shall pass.


However, when the pain is not associated with teething and your child is a bit older, then you should schedule an appointment with your St. Louis pediatric dentist.


Signs of Tooth Pain in Children


If your child isn’t verbalizing yet and you notice that he rubs his lip, cheek or jaw in an insistent way, showing discomfort, then you should try to look inside their mouth and evaluate the situation. If there is tooth decay, you will likely see cracks and spots in the tooth enamel, different color of the tooth or secondary signs of trouble, like bad breath or swollen gums. Make an appointment with your dentist ASAP.


If your child is old enough to speak and tell you more about his pain, try to find out a few things that might lead to a correct diagnosis.


Did they recently injured themselves? If so, your child might have a bruise, a crack or chip in one of his teeth or cuts and wounds in the soft tissue. Investigate the nature of the pain – if it is sharp or muffled – and determine if it is an emergency or if it can wait until you get an appointment at the dentist’s office.


If your child has a fever or if you notice swelling of the face, go to the emergency room, as it may be a serious infection that needs to be treated with antibiotics.


How to Treat Your Child’s Tooth Pain Until You Get to the Dentist


Tooth pain has been a controversial and dreaded topic throughout medical history, and dentistry has come a long way from the first procedures. However, dental anxiety still exists, and it can be quite serious in young children. That may be the case with your child too, but never postpone a dentist visit unless there is a real, medical reason for it.


Call and schedule an appointment at your St. Louis dentist. In the meantime, your dentist may recommend you treat the tooth pain at home with an over the counter painkiller, like ibuprofen. Make sure you give your child the right dose and that you administer it correctly.


If you manage to keep the pain under control, wait until you get to the doctor’s office and monitor your child closely to see any sign of development. Hopefully, the dentist visit will solve the problem and lessen the tooth pain in the future.

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