As a parent, you never want to see your child suffer, and you want to protect his or her teeth as best you can. The truth, however, is that children’s teeth–baby teeth especially–are incredibly susceptible to decay and damage.
If your child complains of a toothache, there may be several causes behind the sensation. Since children may not have the vocabulary to explain exactly what they are feeling, consider the fact that the sensation may be caused by several possibilities.
Do you need an emergency dentist for your child in Lithia Springs or Douglasville, GA? At Value Smiles, we are here for your family! Call us at 678-737-4245 and we’ll help you determine whether an emergency appointment is needed to get your little one feeling better ASAP.
Possible Causes of a Child’s Toothache
- a baby tooth that is starting to loosen
- a tooth that has been loosened by rough play or an accidental fall
- a cavity or crack
- a piece of food stuck between the tooth and gum tissue
- injured or scratched gum tissue
Not all of these events may be cause for visiting the dentist, so keep that in mind as you question your child and investigate his or her mouth. If you can see a dark spot on the tooth or you determine that the pain is not from a cause that can be managed at home (food that can be removed with floss, for example), call Value Smiles to make an appointment with one of our friendly dentists.
Baby Teeth are Important, Too
Baby teeth are smaller than adult teeth and have thinner enamel, so cavities can develop and spread quickly. Children’s teeth that develop cavities should be treated the same way as adult teeth: with restorations, such as fillings. It may be tempting to think that a tooth that’s “just going to fall out soon anyway” does not need to be restored, but baby teeth are very important. Not only does your child need all his teeth for proper chewing and speech development, but the position and alignment of baby teeth plays a role in how adult teeth grow and erupt. Always treat children’s toothaches with concern, and schedule an appointment at Value Smiles if you suspect a cavity or other dental problem.
When to Call for an Emergency Dentist Appointment
Keep a close watch on your child if he or she has complained about a tooth. If the child can eat normally with very little sensitivity, a regular next-available appointment is best. If you notice your child crying out in pain when trying to chew, or avoiding hard foods that require biting and chewing, give us a call.
If your child’s normal routines are affected by the toothache, (i.e., he or she is unable to sleep, eat, or play as usual) or if you see tears resulting from the pain, contact us and we will advise you of the best time to come in. You know your child best; if he or she is suffering, contact us. We will always try to make time to see you as soon as possible.
While You Wait for Your Emergency Dentist Appointment
While you wait for your emergency appointment, you may give your child over-the-counter children’s painkillers (Tylenol or Advil) at the dosage recommended on the packaging. An ice-pack may also help relieve the toothache when held to the cheek on the outside of the face. Do not apply ice to the gum tissue. If these measures don’t help bring your child some relief, eugenol (clove oil) applied sparingly to the tooth may numb it temporarily. Eugenol is available at most pharmacies, sometimes in “toothache kits.”
Talk to your child about going to the dentist, and remind him or her that we are “tooth doctors” who want to help make the toothache go away! A painful condition almost always means a fearful visit, so any way you can allay that fear will help your child feel better during the appointment.
At Value Smiles, we are the affordable emergency dentist to care for your family! Contact us online or call us at 678-737-4245 and we’ll get your little one seen as soon as possible.