The Best Ways to Comfort a Child with Tooth Pain

No parent wants to see their child in pain. We know it can be stressful watching your kid suffer with an illness or injury, especially so when they’re not old enough to fully articulate what’s wrong or what they need. We may not have all the answers for every type of ailment, but we do know what to do when it comes to teeth. We’ve put together a list of some of the best ways you can comfort a child with tooth pain, so you’ll know exactly what to do depending on the situation.

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Is your baby teething?

Teething is a difficult rite of passage for both the child and the parent. To help with your baby’s tooth pain due to teething, you can:

  • Gently rub their gums to ease the pressure
  • Apply a cold washcloth or give them a chilled (not frozen) teething ring
  • Give them hard foods to chew on (if they’re old enough for solid foods)
  • Have them take an age-appropriate, over-the-counter pain medicine (you may want to check with your pediatrician beforehand)
  • Dry any drool


Is it a general toothache?

Maybe you’re not quite sure what’s causing your child’s tooth pain but you know it’s not teething. After calling their dentist to book an appointment, here are some steps you can take to make them feel more comfortable:

  • Apply a cold compress to the part of their cheek that’s outside of the painful area
  • Rinse their mouth with warm salt water
  • Give them age-appropriate, anti-inflammatory medication
  • Use a cotton swab to dab clove oil to the affected area


Please note that these are just methods for helping to alleviate your child’s tooth pain, not to get rid of the problem itself. It’s important that you still take your child to see a dentist if they have an ache outside of standard teething so that the root of the issue can be taken care of promptly.

At Michael Giovannini DDS, we’re happy to provide kid-friendly dental care, and we welcome you and your child into our office.

If your child has a toothache, we can help!

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