The most common causes of dental pain are tooth decay and gum disease. Pain can also be caused by an infection of the tooth (abscess) or the gums. Or your child may have a broken or cracked tooth. Other causes of pain include infection and damage to a tooth from grinding the teeth. A tooth that is coming in but cannot break through the gum can cause pain.
Prompt dental care can help find the cause of your child's toothache and keep the tooth from dying or gum disease from getting worse. Care at home may reduce your child's pain and discomfort.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your dentist, doctor, or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your dentist, doctor, or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your dentist, doctor, or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 28, 2018
Patrice Burgess, MD, FAAFP - Family Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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