When your toddler complains of mouth pain, you want to relieve it as soon as possible.
But that’s easier said than done. There are a plethora of possible causes of children’s tooth pain.
Possible Causes of Toddler Oral Pain
- Tooth decay
- Emerging teeth
- A chipped or cracked tooth
- Mouth sore or cut
- Sinus pain or earache
- A large fragment of food between two teeth
Examine Your Child’s Mouth
First, take a look in your child’s mouth. If you see swollen gums, it indicates the general area of the trouble. A large red bump near the tooth root could indicate an abscess.
If there is swelling in the gums, take your toddler to a pediatric dentist right away.
You may see a piece of food caught between two teeth. Use a string of floss or a floss pick to remove it. The pain may not go away immediately, but if this was the source, it should go away within a couple of hours.
If your child has a cavity, you may or may not be able to see it. Dr. Kernagis at Kernagis Dental Excellence can locate small cavities or those hidden between two teeth.
Make an appointment at Kernagis Dental Excellence in the unlikely event that your child has a cracked or chipped tooth.
If The Pain Is Caused By Teething
If your son or daughter has a runny nose and seems unusually irritable, they might be teething. A cold (not frozen) teething ring can help relieve the pain. You can also gently rub their gums with your finger. You can also let your child gnaw on a cold carrot or another hard vegetable. Make sure you monitor closely so they don’t bite off a chunk they can choke on.
Note that teething only causes a low-grade fever. If your youngster has a fever over 100 F or diarrhea, take them to a pediatrician right away.
Pediatric Dentist or Pediatrician?
If you suspect the pain is caused by a cavity, abscess, or broken tooth, call Kernagis Dental Excellence to request an appointment.
If you can’t see the source of the pain but your little one has a high fever, diarrhea, or swelling in the cheek, take them to your pediatrician ASAP.
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