Tooth Ache

Illustration of Tooth Ache
Illustration: Tooth Ache

Doc, my 5-year-old child has a toothache that has swollen cheeks, even though I have given him a pain reliever. What should I do? Thanks.

1 Answer:

Hello Yuli,


Thank you for the question.

Pain in teeth in children is most often caused by cavities. It could also, the child's teeth feel pain due to pulpitis, tooth abscesses, gingivitis, sinusitis, and many other potential triggers. This inflammation of the painful tooth can eventually spread to the gums, and make the cheeks swell.


This condition, if it has been treated with pain medication but does not also improve, presumably needs to be examined directly to the dentist. That way, the doctor can further handle his condition, such as by being given medicine, performed patching or tooth extraction, even other therapeutic modalities.


In the meantime, the following initial steps you can take:

Give your child paracetamol at the recommended dosage
Warm compresses on the outside of your child's painful cheeks
Don't give children food that is too hard, sticky, cold and hot
Brush your child's teeth thoroughly
Teach him to rinse his mouth with a salt solution after a toothbrush
Let the child rest, position the side of the head whose cheeks are swollen higher

Hope this helps ...

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