Does Your Child Have Tooth Pain At Night?

It’s normal for a child to experience tooth pain during different stages of growth, but that doesn’t mean parents should write off this pain. If your child is experiencing overnight tooth pain, that means it’s disrupting their sleep cycle, which is key to healthy growth overall.

A Child Experiencing Overnight Tooth Pain

To ease both the pain and lack of sleep you and your child are facing, here are five key steps you can take to alleviate nighttime dental pain:

1. Stay Calm & Soothe Your Child – It can seem easy to lose your temper when you’re woken up in the middle of the night. Doing this could cause further panic and distress that prevents you from figuring out what’s wrong. If you show your child that you’re calm and want to resolve the pain they’re facing, it will be easier to find the source of their oral health pain.

2. Examine Their Mouth – What could be tooth pain might be a scratched cheek or bitten tongue, but you won’t know until you take a look. Look for signs of cuts, inflammation around the gums, or swelling to see where the problem area might be. A piece of food stuck in between your child’s teeth may be causing pain or discomfort. If that’s the case, then flossing their teeth will alleviate their tooth pain.

3. Addressing The Pain – If there is inflammation, cuts, or any other noticeable tooth or gum problems, then you should make them rinse their mouth with warm salt water for the time being. This child tooth pain home remedy should be reserved for older elementary school-aged children.

a. An alternative for younger children would be to hold a cold compress on the cheek closest to the painful area. If the pain persists for more than one night, then it’s a good idea to contact your dentist to take a closer look.

4. Pay Closer Attention To Their Diet – If this is a recurring issue without any clear cause at night, then watching what your child eats could help. Foods that are too hot, cold, sugary, salty, or hard can all cause discomfort to a child facing teeth sensitivities. Once you’ve identified problem foods, replace them with softer and healthier options like bananas or applesauce.

5. Dental Emergencies – Excessive bleeding, fractured teeth, and excruciating pain should be dealt with as soon as possible. Bring your child to the nearest emergency room or emergency dental clinic as soon as possible.

Contact Rio Dental & Orthodontics For All Your Child’s Dental Needs

Whether you’re facing an overnight dental emergency or looking to schedule a routine visit, our practice will be more than happy to help you. Schedule your appointment by calling our office in Farmers Branch, Texas now.

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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.

We recommend bringing your baby in for their first dental appointment by their first birthday, or within 6 months of their first tooth appearing (whichever comes first). During this appointment, we will examine your baby’s mouth to track their dental development and discuss age-appropriate dental care.

It’s easy to make appointments to visit our office online or over the phone. Rio Dental sees patients both for checkups and dental emergencies. Using our online scheduler, you can select the location and time slot that works best for you for either type of appointment. If you have any questions regarding our practice, or simply prefer to make your appointment with a live member of staff, please don’t hesitate to call!

Rio Dental Group accepts most PPO insurances. We recommend that new patients and returning patients with new insurance policies reach out to us before their appointment to confirm coverage. Our Fort Worth location also sees patients who are covered by Medicaid and CHIP programs.

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