If your older child has a toothache, ask if they can be specific: Is the tooth pain constant or severe? Does it only hurt when you bite down? This is information that can help your dentist determine what your child might be experiencing.
Symptoms of a Toothache
Younger children may not be able to communicate verbally, but there are symptoms of a toothache that you can look for:
- Swelling around the gums and tooth
- A bad taste in the mouth
If you suspect your child has a toothache, call our Staten Island pediatric dental office and let us know what’s going on.
Steps to Take If Your Child Has a Toothache
It’s crucial to contact us right away if the toothache lasts longer than a day or two. Be sure to let us know if your child’s experiencing severe pain, as this is may be a sign that a serious condition is developing.
After you call Staten Island Pediatric Dentistry to let us know what’s going on, you can take the following five steps:
- Gently clean the area around the affected tooth.
- Have them rinse their mouth with warm water.
- Use floss to remove any food particles lodged between teeth.
- Apply cold compresses if the face is swollen.
- Do NOT place aspirin on the tooth.
Call Us with Your Child’s Dental Emergency
Our Staten Island, NY dental office is open six days a week, with extended evening hours on Monday and Tuesday, so there’s a good chance that you can reach us right away.
We are also pleased to provide emergency dentistry for children in Brooklyn, Bayonne, and surrounding areas.