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Toothache or severe pain

About toothaches and severe oral pain:

Toothaches and mouth pain may be caused by a number of issues including, but not limited to:

  • Physical injuries to the mouth or face
  • Deep cavities
  • Broken or lost fillings or crowns
  • Food stuck in the gums (e.g. popcorn wedged in the gums between teeth)
  • Periodontal disease
  • Abcess (dental infection)

What you can do:

  • Have your child rinse his or her mouth with warm water as needed to relieve the pain.
  • Gently clean the area around the affected tooth, including brushing, flossing and possibly using a toothpick along the gums to dislodge any food or debris that may be stuck.
  • You may give your child children’s acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Motrin®). An ice pack may also help relieve pain. Do not place aspirin on the gum or tooth, as this may cause a severe aspirin burn.
  • Call our office to make an appointment as soon as possible.

Visit an emergency room immediately if any of the following symptoms are present:

  • Chills, fever or vomiting
  • Any facial swelling