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Dental hygiene for kids in Redlands, CA: What to do when your child has a toothache

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If you’ve ever had a toothache, you know how painful they can be. Imagine how frightening that same experience can be for a child. Some may be unable to articulate the origin of the pain, which can make you feel helpless. In addition, the pain of a toothache can often be worse at night, causing your child to wake up confused or upset.

In the case of a toothache, it is important to make an appointment with your child’s dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, there are several questions that you can ask your child to help us properly evaluate the situation:

  • Is the pain persistent or intermittent? (Is it there all the time or only hurts during tasks such as drinking, eating, or brushing the teeth?)
  • Is it sensitive to hot or cold?
  • Is it sensitive to touch?
  • Is it loose or broken?


It is also helpful if you jot down a list of symptoms, including: fever, exhaustion, or lumps along the gum.

To help make your child more comfortable, they can use a warm salt water rinse. Ice packs used sparingly on the cheeks can help reduce swelling. If your child is complaining of extreme pain or seems to be acting really sick, please contact the dentist immediately. OTC pain relievers like Tylenol can help with the pain and discomfort of a toothache. Consult your pediatrician and follow dosage procedures on the bottle before administering any medication to your child.

Once we evaluate your child’s tooth, we may recommend a combination of antibiotics, pain relievers, or fillings. In rare instances, the tooth may need to be extracted. We are experienced working with children and can help make your child feel comfortable and at ease during this potentially frightening experience. Please feel free to call our office if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s teeth.

As always, our Redlands, CA area team is committed to pediatric dental hygiene and taking care of the health of our littlest patients’ smiles.

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