What To Do If Your Child Has a Toothache


There are numerous reasons why your child may have a toothache but, bottom line, you need to know what to do to help him or her while you wait for an appointment.

Toothache Treatments

  1. Rinse their mouth with plain warm water mixed with a teaspoon of table salt.
  2. Place a cold pack against the child’s cheek.
  3. Use Tylenol—not aspirin—for discomfort.
  4. Call us, your Lower Manhattan pediatric dentist, at 212-267-0029 as soon as possible.

Toothache Causes

  1. An emerging tooth
  2. A loose tooth
  3. Erosion or decay
  4. A cracked or chipped tooth
  5. Loose or missing fillings
  6. Food stuck between the teeth

Toothache Tips

If you notice that your usually compliant child is balking at brushing, it might be due to dental pain. Do your best to confirm if your child is being stubborn or if he or she has a toothache, and then take appropriate action.

Be as nurturing and gentle as possible. Pain of any kind can create fear with the pain, so don’t be surprised if your little one wants extra cuddling.

Don’t hesitate to contact our Lower Manhattan pediatric dental office as soon as your child complains of toothache. No child should be in pain, even if the cause is something as normal as an emerging permanent tooth. In general, the sooner you address any dental-based problem, the easier and faster the problem can be eliminated.