If your child complains of a toothache, rinse his mouth with warm water and inspect his teeth to be sure there is nothing caught between them. If pain continues, use a cold compress to ease the pain. Do not apply heat or any kind of aspirin or topical pain reliever directly to the affected area, as this can cause damage to the gums. Children’s pain relievers may be taken orally (ibuprofen/motrin or acetaminophen/tylenol) . Inspect the gum tissue for any “pimples or bubbles” of swelling as this indicates an abcess. Often times children complain of toothaches when decay has entered the nerve.

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