Kids Tooth Pain: What to Eat With a Toothache

A child puts their hand to their jaw and grimaces in pain, as they hold onto an ice cream cone in the opposite hand.

Any oral discomfort can be uncomfortable for your child, but a toothache can be excruciating. The constant pain makes it increasingly difficult to eat. If you are unable to get your child to a pediatric dentist in Dallas, TX immediately, it becomes harder to find food they are able to eat without causing additional discomfort.

Here is a helpful breakdown of acceptable foods to feed your child suffering from a toothache.

What They Can Eat

The most important thing is to not stop feeding your child. Some foods may even help soothe the toothache and relieve some pain. These will mostly be soft foods that will make it easier for children to get their nutrition while not having to use their teeth to bite down on food. Soft foods will also not further irritate sensitive teeth and gums.

Along with being soft, you should keep the food around room temperature as it will be easier to consume and not irritate the teeth–hot and cold food can irritate the nerve of your teeth.

Here is a short list of foods that can be easy to consume and nutritious:

  • Applesauce
  • Yogurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Oatmeal
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Soft fruits
  • Pudding
  • Smoothies and milkshakes

As long as the food is easily chewable and isn’t overly sugary or acidic, your child can attempt to eat it and see if it causes additional pain. For additional treatment options, contact Rio Dental & Orthodontics in Dallas at (972) 885-8089.

What Foods to Avoid

No matter your child’s typical diet, a toothache will cause a change since your child will need to avoid certain foods that are difficult to chew and may cause additional pain. Avoid acidic foods, salty foods, foods that are hard to chew, spicy, and high in sugar content. Not only can these foods lead to more toothache pain from drying out the mouth but also can lead to other dental problems like an infection.

Preserve your child’s oral health when they have a toothache by avoiding foods like:

  • Citrus fruits such as oranges
  • Raw vegetables
  • Meat
  • Granola
  • Soda pop
  • Candy
  • Pickles

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Whether it’s been six months since your last cleaning or your child is dealing with a severe toothache, the dental professionals at Rio Dental & Orthodontics can help. Take care of your smile by scheduling an appointment online today.

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You can play a part in preparing your child for his or her first visit to our office. Informing your child of the visit as an exciting experience for both of you can ease any hesitations. As a parent try to act relaxed, since your child may sense any anxiety on your part.

Explain to your child that the doctor will “count, brush, and maybe take pictures of their teeth”. We also ask that you assume the role of a silent observer. Cooperation and trust must be established directly between the doctor, staff, and your child and not through you. Your child may become confused if receiving instructions from multiple sources.

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