Toothache is usually a consequence of a bigger problem, such as tooth decay, loose teeth, or loose fillings. But, you’ll know more about its root cause when you visit your dentist. When a child experiences toothache, more often than not, it requires the attention from a dentist as soon as possible. However, while you wait for the dental appointment, you can try some of these at home tooth pain relief for your child.
1) Clove oil
The clove oil by itself, or mixed with coconut oil, will stop the pain and numb the area of the mouth around the tooth. So, if you squeeze a few drops of clove oil on a cotton disc and apply it to the tooth, your child will feel much better almost immediately.
2) Warm water with salt
Let your child rinse his or her mouth with salty warm water. The salt will kill bacteria, and the warm water will ease the pain and stop the gums from swelling.
3) Cold compress
This method is best when you know that it’s an injury that’s causing the pain, not plaque or tooth decay. A cold compress or an ice pack on the outside of the cheek will cause numbness and stop the swelling.
If you have fresh peppermint leaves, place them directly against your child’s tooth. If you have peppermint tea in bags, soak one bag in warm water and then press it against the tooth.
5) Hydrogen peroxide
When a small amount of hydrogen peroxide is mixed with warm water, it can be used as a mouthwash to reduce tooth pain. Just be cautious and make sure that your child doesn’t swallow any of it because, though getting rid of the toothache, he or she might get a stomachache.
When trying out any at home tooth pain relief for your child, the best thing you can do is not make matters worse. So, try to make sure that your child doesn’t poke at the tooth with his or her tongue or fingers, and avoid hard and sugary food, as well as very hot or very cold food and drinks because these could irritate the sensitive tooth. Don’t try to do anything else to cure the pain until you consult with a dentist.