Helping Your Kids When They Get a Toothache

When your child complains of a toothache, it does not always mean there is a cavity. Many toothaches occur when a tooth temporarily becomes overly sensitive. Knowing how to relieve the pain—and when to call the dentist—are important factors in helping your child overcome tooth discomfort.

If your child develops a toothache, you can take several simple steps that may relieve the pain. At first complaint,

  • ask your child to identify the tooth causing the pain
  • check for food or other objects which may have lodged between teeth
  • even if nothing is visible, very gently use dental floss on either side of the painful tooth to dislodge any tiny particles that may be causing the discomfort
  • have your child rinse his or her mouth with warm salt water, which may help reduce swelling and relieve accompanying pain
  • give your child an over-the-counter medication like acetaminophen if pain persists
  • use an icepack on the cheek or jaw for 20 minutes

However, not all toothaches can be treated at home. We can determine the cause and treat your child if

  • the pain is accompanied by fever
  • the pain is very severe
  • your child’s face is swollen
  • your child continues to complain of tooth pain after a day or so

 

We care about your child’s dental health 12 months of the year. To maintain proper oral hygiene, we want to keep you informed and provide useful information. We hope you find these articles informative and helpful, and we look forward to seeing you at your child’s next appointment.

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The Link Between Teething and Fever

While babies usually cut their first teeth at between four and seven months of ages, some children do not get their first teeth until their first birthday or later. Crankiness, drooling and fever have long been considered traditional signs that a child is teething. But is fever connected to teething?

Recently, researchers observed a group of infants aged five to fifteen months, recording the babies’ body temperature and symptoms during the period when children typically get their baby teeth. They tracked such classic signs of teething as fever, sleep disturbance, rash, irritability, drooling, diarrhea, runny nose and loss of appetite during four time periods: the day a tooth erupted, the day before a tooth erupted, the day after a tooth erupted and all other days.

Surprisingly, on the day a tooth erupted, the children’s temperatures rose by only a few tenths of a degree. Other symptoms, including irritability, drooling, diarrhea and runny nose, appeared the day the tooth erupted but not before, meaning that it was impossible to predict when a new tooth would emerge just by reading the so-called signs.

“I’ve seen a lot of parents that will come in with children with fevers of 101 degrees or higher, and first thing they say is, ‘It might just be teething,’” noted Dr. Roya Samuels, a pediatrician at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York. “Teething has never been proven to be related to high-grade temperatures.”

Some babies feel the pain of teething intensely while others seem to shrug it off. To alleviate crankiness, you can give your baby a chilled (not frozen) rubber teething ring or let her chew on a clean, wet washcloth that has been cooled in the freezer for thirty minutes. If your child is having great difficulty sleeping, your pediatrician may recommend giving her acetaminophen.

An infant’s fever should not be shrugged off as “just teething.” Any fever over 100.4 degrees should be checked out by the baby’s pediatrician. It may be related to another condition and should be treated accordingly.

We care about your child’s dental health 12 months of the year. To maintain proper oral hygiene, we want to keep you informed and provide useful information. We hope you find these articles informative and helpful, and we look forward to seeing you at your child’s next appointment.We care about your child’s dental health 12 months For More Information Contact our Winnipeg Dental Office (204)201-0588

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Their First Visit To The Dentist Is Free With Dr.Vodrey For Kids Under 3

Their First Visit To The Dentist Is Free With Dr.Vodrey For Kids Under 3

The Canadian Dental Association encourages the assessment of infants, by a dentist, within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth or by one year of age. The goal is to have your child visit the dentist before there is a problem with his or her teeth.

Your child needs to see the dentist by age two or three, when all the baby teeth have come in.

Your child’s first visit to the dentist will be a short one. During this visit, we just want to get them comfortable and used to our office and staff in a relaxed and friendly manner.

During this first visit we will:

  • Count your child’s teeth
  • Look for evidence of injury or decay
  • Check your child’s bite for proper fitting of the teeth
  • Examine your childs soft tissue and gums for evidence of disease
  • Review proper dental hygiene and habits with you and your child
  • Demonstrate the proper way to care for their teeth
  • Perform a cavity risk assessment

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