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Causes of Toothache in Children

Posted on 8/7/2023 by Evan
Causes of Toothache in ChildrenSeeing a child in pain is the toughest part for every parent. When your child experiences a toothache, you may feel stressed, and your only focus may be to take the discomfort away. The best solution for tooth pain depends on the underlying cause of the discomfort. This said it is vital to learn the possible causes of toothache in children so you can find a good treatment option. Here they are:


Holes inside the teeth are common in children. As you know, children love consuming sugary items and do not clean their teeth properly. This makes sugar and starches stick between the teeth, increasing the bacteria in the mouth. If proper care is not implemented, plaque will build up and erode the teeth' enamel. After some time, small openings may form, exposing the nerves. This leads to severe tooth pain and discomfort. When suspected early, a dentist may recommend fluoride treatments to reverse the cavities. However, extreme cases may require procedures such as root canals, fillings, or extractions.


Gingivitis is another common condition that causes toothache in kids. It occurs due to poor oral hygiene, which leads to plaque buildup. When plaque increases, the gums will become red and tender and bleed easily when your child brushes or floss. Luckily, you can reverse the early signs of gum disease through brushing and flossing. However, advanced cases of gum disease may require gum graft or scaling and root planing.

Teeth Grinding

Does your child experience jaw or tooth pain and has no sign of gum disease or cavities? Chances are they are suffering from bruxism. Bruxism (teeth grinding) can damage the tooth enamel, increasing the risk of sensitivity and jaw discomfort. When your child has this condition, a dentist may recommend a mouth guard. They may also address the underlying causes of bruxism to prevent teeth damage. For instance, a professional may help to deal with breathing and sleeping disorders to stop bruxism. Contact us for regular oral checkups to detect oral issues and save your child from toothaches.

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