As a parent you are more in tune with your child’s needs and wants more than anyone else. But when it comes to something as obscure as dental pain, sometimes it can be hard to decipher between a dental emergency and a simple toothache. Because dental emergencies require immediate attention and a basic toothache is something that can wait until morning, it’s important to be able to know how to distinguish between the two. So what signs should you look for?
When To Get Emergency Care
Three of the biggest factors that indicate that your child needs to get emergency dental care are a loss of appetite, a fever, and a lack of sleep. A fever in particular is a sign that an infection has spread beyond your child’s tooth. If your child is inconsolable and is running a high fever, try giving them some children’s Tylenol to see if that can help the pain and discomfort subside. If they are still in severe pain and running a fever, it is a pretty strong indication that you should take them to the emergency room.
When To Wait Until Morning
Toothaches can occur from a variety of things such as teething, brushing your teeth too hard, eating hard-to-chew foods, and cavities. And although your child will be suffering from a dose of discomfort, a toothache isn’t necessarily deemed as a medical emergency. Simply try your best to ensure that your child is comfortable by giving them things like a heat pad to rest on their face, children’s Tylenol, and ensuring that they stay away from chewy candies and tough foods like steak. Keep an eye on your child for a day or two and see if the pain naturally goes away. If they are still in pain or if they are complaining of a constant discomfort, then it’s probably time to take them into the dentist.
By understanding what is deemed as a dental emergency and what can theoretically wait until morning, you can help to ensure that you child doesn’t have to suffer from dental pain for any longer than they need. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!