- What You Should Know About Toothaches:
- Most toothaches don't last too long. They are due to a sensitive tooth.
- If the pain becomes worse or doesn't go away in 24 hours, call your dentist. The pain could be due to a small cavity.
- Here is some care advice that should help.
- Floss on either side of the painful tooth to remove any wedged food.
- Pain Medicine:
- To help with the pain, give an acetaminophen product (such as Tylenol).
- Another choice is an ibuprofen product (such as Advil).
- Use as needed.
- Cold Pack for Pain:
- Put a cold pack or ice in a wet washcloth on the painful jaw. Do this for 20 minutes.
- What to Expect:
- Most minor causes of toothache go away in less than a day.
- Call Your Dentist If:
- Toothache lasts more than 24 hours
- The toothache gets worse
- You think your child needs to be seen
And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the 'Call Your Doctor' symptoms.