As a parent, it can be difficult to watch your toddler experience pain. Although tooth pain is a frequent occurrence among young children, it can be a sign of serious problem. If your toddler has a fever or facial swelling, it’s a good idea to take them to a pediatric dentist to make sure their teeth and gums are okay.
If your child is not old enough to tell you they have tooth pain, look inside their mouth. Do you see any cuts, scrapes, or bruises? These are all signs of trauma and also warrant a trip to the pediatric dentist.
Here at Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we have discovered that the most common causes of tooth pain in toddlers are cavities, the growth of new teeth, fillings, misaligned teeth, aggressive brushing, and hard or overly sweet or acidic foods.
In the event your child’s tooth pain seems minor, you can treat it with over-the-counter pain medications, cold compresses, and a saltwater rinse. If these conservative measures do not relieve your toddler’s pain, there may be a dental abscess.
A dental abscess is a buildup of pus that develops inside the teeth or gums. It’s typically the result of a bacterial infection. You should take them to the dentist immediately so they can check your child’s mouth for dental abscess.
Contact Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
If you have any questions about your child’s tooth pain or believe that it is serious and requires medical attention, schedule an appointment at our Ashburn, VA office by calling 703-348-2813.