Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14. For all you moms out there, it’s a day of honor, where your families (hopefully) treat you like the incredible people you are – maybe you get a nice brunch or dinner, or some cards or your favorite treat. Maybe your kids give you a break from doing laundry […]
However, we also know that being a mom is a job you never really get a day off from, and since we’re dentists, we know that some of those mom-is-always-on-call duties involve teeth. Toothaches don’t pay attention to the calendar, and it is possible moms might have to deal with a child’s oral discomfort. So we’ve compiled a list of tips to help alleviate children’s tooth, gum, and mouth pain; if you’re a mom and those situations come up as you’re leaving for Mother’s Day brunch, maybe you can pass them along to your kids’ dad and then continue with your plans for a glass of wine and a nice bath. Anyway:
When kids have a toothache, a cold compress on the side of the cheek helps.
Are your kids old enough to take anti-inflammatory medication? This help a lot, especially the liquid kind when their teeth are the source of the pain.
Clove oil is also good as an analgesic. Simply apply a small amount on a cotton swab and dab your child’s affected area – just be careful, because a little bit goes a long way.
Finally, if your kid has a tooth or mouth problem on Mother’s Day, be sure to make an appointment to see the dentist as soon as possible. Pain relief is temporary, and if it’s a more serious issue that can’t be solved with a little salt water or children’s Tylenol, we want to see what’s causing the problem and get your kids back to smiling and asking you where things are in the refrigerator again.