Toothache for children can be especially painful and is often caused by an infection or gum disease. At Kids Klub Pediatric Dentistry in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Sara Bukhari takes a holistic and personalized approach to dental care and offers an array of treatments for children dealing with a toothache and other dental health complications. If your child has a toothache and the pain is severe, call the Kids Klub phone around the clock for urgent oral health care from this qualified and compassionate specialist. Call or schedule online today.
Toothaches in children are most commonly caused by:
Maintaining good oral hygiene with regular dental visits and adequate at-home oral hygiene can help you and your child to avoid dental problems and emergencies.
A severe toothache is a common reason for dental visits and usually the result of tooth decay. Tooth decay typically begins without any symptoms and can go unnoticed for some time.
Plaque builds up on your child’s teeth and produces an acid when the bacterial plaque reacts with sugar molecules in the foods they eat. This acid dissolves and softens your child’s enamel — the harder outer layer that covers the front surface of teeth — over time.
If left untreated, tooth decay can dissolve through the deeper layers of your child’s teeth. Your child may well experience more severe pain, discomfort, and increased tooth sensitivity when tooth decay reaches the dentin — the layer of the tooth below the enamel. The dentin layer has nerve endings that become especially sensitive when exposed to hot and sticky foods.
When bacteria and decay reach the center pulp portion of your child’s tooth that’s made up of blood vessels and nerves, serious infections can develop that require tooth removal. A severe toothache could also be a cavity that’s grown bigger and now requires a root canal.
In some cases, over-the-counter children’s pain medication that’s safely and specifically dosed according to your child’s weight and age may be an appropriate treatment until pain and sensitivity subside. For persistent or moderate to severe toothaches, it’s best to visit Dr. Bukhari.
Until your appointment, you might want to apply ice wrapped in cloth or a cold compress to the area to reduce swelling, but don’t apply any heat.
If your child has a toothache, you should also look out for symptoms such as:
Tooth decay is a dental emergency because it can spread to other areas of your child’s body and become serious if your child has an infection that’s left untreated.
See Dr. Bukhari if you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s dental health. Call or schedule online.