What to Do About Children's Toothaches

It's a joy to watch little babies turn into little children. They're growing in size and also in mind, discovering new things every day. Part of their growing is learning new feelings and how to express them, things like anger and pain. Things like pain and discomfort are difficult to express at a young age. 

When it comes to a child with a toothache, there can be a few explanations for it so before calling the nearest pediatric dentist, take a look at the below to help get the right treatment. 

Is it really pain? 

When a young child says they have pain, this may be because they don't yet know the right word or way to express what they're feeling. It may simply be some discomfort, something as simple as a piece of food lodged between teeth. Ask the child to describe the feeling and where it is in their mouth. 

Take a look

Hopefully, this is where the problem ends and it's just something stuck between teeth or poking into the gum that can easily be brushed away. Once the item is dislodged, if your child is still in any discomfort, try a little painkiller and if after a few hours there is still any pain, then consider a pediatric dentist to explore a little further. 

Loose and new teeth

If your child is at the right age, it could be that they're experiencing their first loose tooth and new tooth coming through. A look inside their mouth should show you if this is the problem. This can be a little uncomfortable, just like when they were teething for the first time. Loose and new teeth can also cause a small amount of bleeding but this isn't serious. If this is the problem, a little painkiller will help ease their pain. If it's prolonged or severe pain, then perhaps speak to a pediatric dentist. 


Don't panic; blood could be just a small nick that will heal in a flash. The mouth is the fastest healing part of the human body. Finding out how the bleeding started will tell you what to do next. It is most often started by the child putting their finger in their mouth and scratching their gum by accident or by brushing enthusiastically. This will heal in just a few moments. If it's not that or is excessive bleeding, talk to a pediatric dentist or take your child to the emergency room. 

Something else

If a look inside your child's mouth doesn't show you something stuck or new teeth coming through, the pain may be caused by a number of other things. If you notice any discoloration of their gums or teeth, any swelling, make an appointment with your pediatric dentist right away to have an expert opinion. Contact a company like Dentistry For Children & Adolescents right away.