Toothache is a common episode for young children. However, parents worry anytime their child is experiencing pain. Worrying is not always futile as toothaches often signify bigger problems like tooth decay. Tooth decay calls for immediate attention. If left untreated, it can gallop to a worse state.
A toothache is a sensation of discomfort caused due to the inflammation and infection of pulp inside a tooth. The pulp contains nerves and blood vessels and is the softer part inside the tooth.
A toothache most commonly takes place due to an injury to the tooth. The most general form of tooth injury is from a cavity. It leads to a hole in the affected tooth.
Poor dental hygiene results in a cavity. Consuming excess of food containing sugar and starch causes tooth decay and damage. Mouth bacteria feed on the sugar and starch and release an acid that corrodes the teeth which lead to tooth decay.
While symptoms may vary from child to child, the most common symptoms among children are:
Having a healthcare provider who is aware of the complete health history of the child is key in the successful diagnosis of toothache. He can refer the child to a good pediatric dentist for an evaluation and relief.
The pediatric dentist may prescribe for X-ray of the affected tooth that shows the images of internal teeth and tissues. A transilluminator may be used to check for cavities.
The treatment of the problem varies on the ground of child’s symptoms, general health, age and severity. Treatment may include pain medicine, antibiotics, tooth removal, warm salt water rinses for the mouth, if required draining pus-filled infection, a simple filling, root canal and antibiotics.
To alleviate the pain an acetaminophen product can be given. Another choice is an ibuprofen product.
Good oral hygiene prevents tooth problems altogether. We all know that ‘Prevention is better than cure’. A child, therefore, should be taught to follow these habits regularly:
Imbibing good dental habits at an early age plays an indispensable role in maintaining that beautiful smile of your children. Schedule an appointment with Golnick Pediatric Dentistry if your child needs a check up.