Dealing with Toothaches in Children

Toothaches are one of the worst things to deal with and they often strike at the most
inappropriate times. Children especially can have a hard time dealing with pain. Luckily there are a few things you can do to help until you can book a dental appointment. Of course, avoidance is the best
technique which is easy of you just look after your child’s teeth and clean them properly. With children it’s better to start them young, and educate them on the proper way to brush their teeth. If left untreated tooth decay only gets worse and will end up costing you.

Remember as well that if the pain ever becomes too severe take your child out of school and book the
earliest appointment possible at your local orthodontist. Until then, try out one of these techniques.

What causes tooth decay?

The primary cause of toothaches is tooth decay. Bacteria in your mouth live off of starch
and sugars left there from what you’ve eaten. These bacteria form a sticky plaque that
clings to the surface of your teeth. The acids produced by this plaque eats through the hard-
white coating on your teeth, known as the enamel. Left untreated this leads to a cavity. The
first sign of a cavity is a sharp pain in a tooth when you eat something sweet, very hot, or
very cold. Toothaches can also develop for several other reasons such as:

– Trauma or damage to a tooth
– An acclimation of food between your teeth
– A split in the tooth that occurs over time
– Sinus infection that can be felt as pain in the tooth
– An infection at the root of your tooth or in the gums

Temporary solutions to a toothache

1. Clove oil – cloves are a traditional remedy for toothaches thanks to their primary
chemical compound eugenol, which acts as a natural anaesthetic. Be careful when
applying it as it can cause more pain if you get too much on your gums or tongue.
Pour two drops worth on a cotton bud and stick it between your teeth where you
feel the pain

2. Salt and hot water – dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of hot water and swish it
around your mouth for 30 seconds. This will clean away any debris and help reduce
swelling. Do it as often as you need to. This is also pretty good for dealing with a sore
throat.

3. Ice – place a small ice cube in a plastic bag and wrap it with a thin cloth. Apply this to
the aching tooth for 15min to numb the nerves. You can also apply it on your cheek
over the sore tooth.

These techniques are only meant to be temporary but if all you need is just a bit of time
they can be enough to last you until you can see a dentist New Westminster.

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