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What to do if your child has a toothache

September 6th, 2017

 

Toothaches in children can be tricky ordeals that cause distress for both the child and the parent. You may feel helpless and frustrated because you cannot pinpoint the location of the pain. It is so hard to see your little one experience discomfort and feel like there is nothing you can do about it. But there are ways you can help. Try these tips the next time your child has a toothache.

Zero in on the Painful Area

The first thing you need to do is find out where the pain is coming from. If your child is old enough, ask him or her to point to the painful area. In younger children, look for swelling and redness on the gums and cheek, dental caries (discolorations on the tooth), or broken teeth. Try to get as close to the location of the pain as possible so you can determine an effective course of action to relieve it.

Try to Find the Cause

Not all toothaches are actually toothaches. A child can bite his or her tongue or cheek, have sore gums, or develop ulcers in the mouth. Teeth that are coming in can also be quite painful. If a tooth is discolored, broken, loose, or has spots that are either darker or lighter than the rest of the tooth, those could be causes of pain.

Five-Step Approach to Dental Pain Relief

  1. Floss. Help your child floss to remove any food particles that may be wedged between the teeth and could be causing pain.
  2. Rinse with warm salt water. Use a warm salt-water solution and have your child rinse well by swishing or holding the salt water over the painful area.
  3. Use a cold compress. This can relieve pain and swelling. If there is no swelling, you can try it anyway to subdue the pain. Try it on for about 15 minutes, then off for 20.
  4. Give the child ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Use the appropriate dosage for your child’s age and administer it regularly as directed.
  5. See Dr. Randy Ligh, Dr. Joseph Fridgen and Dr. Joseph Rideau. If you determine that the tooth or gum is damaged, or if the pain simply cannot be relieved, call our San Jose, CA office.

If your child is experiencing throbbing pain, fatigue, or fever, you should call your pediatrician as soon as possible. If your child is experiencing mouth pain accompanied by trouble breathing or swallowing, it can indicate a more serious situation and you should take your son or daughter to the emergency room.

Most mouth pain in children can be remedied with the simple steps here. The important thing is that you remain calm, no matter what. You child is taking cues from you and if you panic, he or she will panic.

The "binky" swap.

July 25th, 2017

The old "binky" habit. Some consider this a child's first love and saying goodbye can be extremely difficult. Luckily there's some tried and true tricks that can help your little one say good bye, while still feeling empowered by making the decision on their own.

Last week we had a patient who brought their "binky" box in to their appointment and traded it in for a special treat. They left the office with balloons, sparkling cider, a special thank you note and gift card; all to help them feel like the "binky" trade was a good idea.
Interested in a "binky" swap? Let us know at your next dental appointment!

Want some more tips to help your little one cut the habit. The article below has some good tips, and always remember to ask your dental health care team at PDO.

https://www.pgeveryday.com/…/5-tips-for-helping-your-toddle…

Summer traveling with Braces

July 12th, 2017

If you are wearing braces and are planning a vacation, our team at Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics would suggest that you be prepared. We put together a list of items that will be handy to have with you at all times while you are out of town. They include:

  • Toothpick, flosspick, or other interdental cleaners
  • Travel toothbrush
  • A water bottle or a mini bottle of mouth rinse
  • Orthodontic wax to help with discomfort from protruding wires
  • A small mirror for examining any possible issues in your mouth

Putting these items together in a “braces/oral hygiene kit” may be wise. You may even buy pre-made braces kits. Please ask us for more information.

If you happen to be on vacation and experience problems reaching our office, we suggest going online and searching for orthodontic practices in your area. Most orthodontists will lend a helping hand to another orthodontic patient and get him or her out of pain or discomfort.

We also suggest avoiding the following foods to prevent broken brackets and/or wire distortion while you are on vacation:

  • Chewy, sticky, or gummy food
  • Apples, pears, and other whole fruits (cut fruit into wedges before consuming)
  • Bagels and hard rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Hard candies
  • Hard cookies or pretzels
  • All varieties of nuts, including peanuts, almonds, and cashews

Finally, if you are wearing clear aligners and happen to lose your tray, don’t worry! Simply put in either the previous tray or the next tray and contact us as soon as you get home!

Follow these tips and you can have a worry-free vacation! Please give us a call if you have any questions!

Tell us about our summer!

June 20th, 2017

The dog days of summer are upon us, and what better time for Dr. Randy Ligh, Dr. Joseph Fridgen and Dr. Joseph Rideau and our team to ask our patients about their summer!

Whether you visited our nation’s capital, went on a camping trip, or just stayed in San Jose, CA and relaxed, we want to know how you’re all spending your summer! Please feel free to share your summer plans and experiences with us below or on our Facebook page as summer rolls on!

Also check out our great summer contest on our Facebook page. www.facebook.com/Pedo.Ortho

We will be awarding one lucky winner a $500 Disney gift card.

HAPPY SUMMER!!!!

California Dental Association American Dental Association American Board of Orthodontics