You’re now aware of the common causes of toothache in children, and now you’re seeking remedies to relieve your child from their pain.
Keep reading! It is important that if an emergency dentist is not available, that you’re aware and prepared to tackle your child’s toothache.
Throbbing pain from the mouth can occur at any time. No matter the type of toothache emergency your child experiences, the first point of all is to relieve them from any pain as soon as possible.
Luckily, there are effective pain relief remedies that you can give to your child at home right now.
Let’s get right into it.
Rinse The Mouth With Saltwater
Saltwater is a good toothache aid for pain and swelling. Saltwater rinses have proven to be effective to soothe mouth sores and reduce inflammation. Not only that, but it also loosens food particles that are stuck to the teeth which are important in limiting the chances of bacteria forming.
Simply mix in half (1/2) a teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water, swish the water from side to side to rinse the mouth.
Use A Cold Compress
Add any cold compress to the outer cheek against the painful area. Simply wrap a frozen pack of peas around a towel as a substitute. The compress should be applied for 15 minutes at a time with a 15-minute rest throughout the day. A child may experience swelling, particularly after a tooth has been knocked. A cold compress will limit the swelling.
Take Instant Pain Relief Medication
It is advised that safe pain relief medication such as Ibuprofen and acetaminophen is acceptable for your child to take. These are anti-inflammatory medication that can be taken but make sure you read the instructions so you prescribe the right amount for your child. Do not give your child aspirin and this can cause burns in the mouth.
Use Clove Oil
Clove Oil contains a chemical called Eugenol that’s considered an anaesthetic agent that is also safe for children. It can be purchased from any supermarket or drug store. Clove Oil numbs the painful area which is also useful for dental cavities and eases soreness in the teeth. It can be directly applied to the gums in a wiping motion using a cotton swab or a clean tissue.
Floss The Teeth
Teeth should always be kept clean from food particles wedged in teeth. Flossing your child’s teeth is a good way to keep debris away from the teeth. Children are susceptible to experiencing pain if food stays stuck. Once flossing is complete, rinse the child’s mouth with water.
Toothache is especially difficult for kids to manage themselves. For parents, the first thing is to limit the pain they’re experiencing. Toothaches can happen at the worst possible time. Therefore, as a parent, become clued up on the remedies you can give your child at home if an emergency dentist is not available.
Did you know that a potential reason for toothache in children is a lack of dental care at home or a lack of paediatric dental check-ups? Read here to learn why regular dental check-ups are essential for children to grow up with healthy teeth.
If you’re seeking further advice for your child’s toothache from your local dentist, contact us now and we’d be happy to help.