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.

For More Information Contact our Winnipeg Childrens Dental Office. Its just for Kids! -(204)201-0588

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