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