Kids Health

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Toothache

Prevent tooth problems by frequent brushing

 There are a number of reasons for a child’s toothache. It’s uncomfortable and will make your little one feel thoroughly miserable, so you don’t want to ignore the cause.

 

Causes:

  • Teething causes pain for babies of course – imagine how we adults would grumble if our teeth cut through our gums!
  • An older child may suffer with toothache if they have tooth decay. Teeth that are decayed are discoloured and the gums around can be red and sore.
  • Sometimes a child can have a piece of food stuck between their teeth and that can be uncomfortable. Have a good look inside their mouth to see if there are any obvious problems before deciding on treatment.
  • Tooth pain can also be a result of a cracked tooth, perhaps the enamel has chipped away, exposing the sensitive dentine beneath.

Treatment:

  • A baby who is teething might enjoy biting on a cooled teething ring. There are good selections at Boots or Toys R Us.
  • Distracting your child from the pain might sound simple, but it often works. Take your child’s mind off the pain by reading to him or allowing him to watch a favourite movie video.
  • Avoid feeding your child spicy, salty or hot foods, as they can irritate an already painful tooth even more. Extremely cold foods can have the same effect.
  • Until your child feels better, consuming only soft foods and liquids at room temperature might be best.
  • Biting down too hard while chewing, or eating sugary snacks and drinking fruit juices can irritate the area if a cavity is the problem.
  • Home remedies can help keep the pain manageable until you can see a dentist. Some of the more common remedies include rubbing clove oil on the tooth that hurts, placing cold slices of raw potato or cucumber inside your child’s mouth to soothe the pain or applying a warm, damp cloth to the outside of your child’s cheeks. Sips of warm water can also be very soothing to irritated gums.
  •  If you decide to use a child pain relief medicine, make sure to look at the dosage instructions carefully.

Prevention/Solution:

  • Take your child to the dentist at least every 6 months. It won’t cost a penny – child dental healthcare is free to the under 16s.
  • Supervise your child’s tooth brushing routine with toothpaste that contains fluoride. Flouride protects the teeth from decay.
  • Encourage your child to steer clear of eating sweet, sugary foods and fizzy drinks as these foods attack the tooth enamel.
  • If the dentist detects any cavities in your child’s teeth, they will fill these as quickly as possible to prevent them getting worse. Regular check-ups are a must!
  • Prevent sports injuries to your child’s teeth by insisting that your child wear a mouth guard, particularly when playing contact sports. Injuries to the face, jaw and teeth are a leading cause of children’s visits to hospital accident and emergency departments each year.

 

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