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From not being able to eat or drink to a restless night’s sleep, tooth pain can make your child miserable.
But understanding your child’s symptoms when they have a toothache can help you decide whether you can treat the issue at home, or if you need to go to the dentist.
If your child is experiencing tooth pain, here’s how to treat the issue at home and when you need to see a dentist
If your child is experiencing sharp pain in their tooth, there may be something lodged in-between their teeth, in their gums, or in a cranny of the tooth itself.
Your child’s pain could be from a knocked-out, knocked-loose, chipped or cracked tooth.
They may have cracked or chipped a tooth from a hard fall at the playground, or trauma to the mouth or head. Chewing on a hard piece of candy or food could also chip or break your child’s tooth.
Without quick treatment, a broken tooth can become infected. And the infection could spread to other parts of your child’s body, which could lead to serious health issues.
If your child is experiencing mild toothache or tooth pain, with no sign of a chipped or broken tooth, it’s probably not an emergency.
A toothache could just signify a cavity or tooth decay.
If your child’s gums hurt and they look red and swollen, it could be because of a few different reasons.
They may be brushing too hard, or the bristles on their toothbrush could be too hard. Certain medications could also be causing your child to have red or swollen gums.
Red and swollen gums could also be a sign of poor oral health. Inflamed gums could be a sign of an infection.
Pain in your child’s mouth could be due to an injury.
Direct trauma to your child’s mouth from a sports accident or fall could create a cut or laceration in your child’s cheeks, gum or tongue.
Knowing when your child’s tooth pain needs a gentle icing or a trip to the dentist is just one of the things that make you a super parent.
And making sure your child’s diet helps support their oral health can keep your child’s teeth healthy and pain-free.
Brought to you by The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), New York, NY. Material discussed is meant for general illustration and/or informational purposes only and it is not to be construed as tax, legal, investment or medical advice. #2017-49584 (exp. 11/19)
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