You’ve probably had a toothache at some point in your life, and you know how miserable and all-consuming it can be. So when our child is suffering from tooth pain, we want to help them feel better, and fast. That’s why the team here at We Make Kids Smile, your pediatric dental care specialists in Waldorf and Prince Frederick, Maryland, suggests that parents have a toothache toolkit on hand.

What is a toothache toolkit? We’re glad you asked. Read on, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know to help your child turn their frown upside down.

Why do I need a toothache toolkit?

Before we discuss the items you need in your kit, let’s share some of the common causes of toothaches in kids. Even though we might have a home remedy to help them feel better, it’s important to know what’s causing that pain. Sometimes, their pain might be the sign of a larger issue and can warrant a trip to the dentist.

Toothaches in kids can come from different things. One major cause is tooth decay. If your child’s tooth hurts for over a day, decay may be the reason. Another cause is a dental abscess. This happens when decay gets worse and leads to severe, throbbing pain. If your child has a dental abscess, this is considered a dental emergency and warrants a call to your local emergency dentist.

Kids can sometimes crack their tooth enamel by accidentally biting something hard. This can also lead to toothaches. Gum disease, although less common in kids, can still cause pain. Lastly, food stuck between teeth can irritate and cause discomfort. It’s important to figure out why your child is in pain. Some of these issues are signs they need to see a dentist soon.

6 essential things you need for your child’s toothache toolkit.

Now that you know the common causes of tooth pain, it’s time for us to get into that list you’ve been waiting for. And before we get started, we want to mention that this toolkit is not just meant for kids. If you or others in your family have a toothache, these items can help you, too.

1. Over the Counter Pain Relievers

Safe and age-appropriate pain relievers are a must. They can quickly ease your child’s discomfort. We typically suggest having ibuprofen and acetaminophen on hand. Always follow the dosing instructions to ensure it’s safe for your child’s age and weight. And, be sure to check the expiration date to ensure the item isn’t expired before you administer.

2. Cold Compress

A cold compress can do wonders for a toothache. It helps reduce swelling and numbs the area, offering instant relief. Apply it outside the cheek near the painful tooth. Just 15 to 20 minutes of use can make a big difference in pain relief. After all, you want your child to feel better as soon as possible.

3. Soft Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Using a soft toothbrush and toothpaste can help manage toothache pain. They’re gentle on sensitive areas and can prevent further irritation. Encourage gentle brushing around the affected area to keep it clean and reduce pain caused by particles. Be sure to replace your child’s toothbrush after three months of use.

4. Dental Floss or Picks

Sometimes, pain is caused by food stuck between teeth. Dental floss or picks can gently remove these particles, offering relief. This simple step can prevent discomfort and keep the mouth clean.

And, even though we’re suggesting floss as a toothache toolkit item, don’t forget to have your child floss between all of their teeth at least once per day. Flossing is a great way to keep those particles from creating bacteria, which can turn into tooth decay.

5. Oral Anesthetic Gel

Designed for children, this gel targets toothache pain right at the source. It’s applied directly to the sore area or tooth. This gel can quickly numb the pain, giving your child much-needed relief. Make sure to choose a product safe for kids.

Note: We caution overuse of these types of products. Use these products when our other suggestions don’t work, or at night while you are waiting to get to the dentist the following day.

6. Emergency Contact Information

Be sure to have our contact information on hand should you need to reach us. And, always know where the closest emergency dentist is located, should your child have an abscess, knocked-out tooth, or other dental situation that requires urgent attention.

If a toothache signals a bigger issue, call us immediately. Keep this information in your toolkit to prepare for any dental emergency.

Toothache Prevention: Stop It Before It Starts

Preventing toothaches is all about taking good care of your child’s teeth early on. Regular dental checkups are key. These visits help catch problems before they grow. Dentists can spot signs of trouble early, keeping small issues from becoming big pains.

Another must is a consistent oral hygiene routine. Teach your child to brush twice a day and floss daily. Good habits like these keep cavities and gum disease away. Plus, they become lifelong practices that protect your child’s smile.

A balanced diet is just as important. Foods rich in calcium and low in sugar support strong, healthy teeth. Encourage snacks like fruits, vegetables, and cheese. These foods help fight tooth decay and keep teeth strong.

Does your child have a toothache that won’t go away?

If your child has a toothache, and it isn’t going away, it’s time to give us a call at We Make Kids Smile. We can often see what parents can’t and will help your child find relief. Plus, we can also identify if their pain is an indication of something more severe, and can help get treatment underway.

If your child has a toothache or if they are overdue for their dental appointment, contact us today. Let’s get that appointment on the calendar.

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