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How can I reduce my child's pain when losing a tooth?

There are several things that you can do to ease your child's pain when he or she loses a tooth. Some are: 
  • Place an iced washcloth over the tooth.
  • Use a mouth-numbing product, like Orajel, or a pain reliever such as Tylenol.
If the tooth hasn't fallen out yet, do not pull it. Let it fall out on its own.
Megan  Chin, DDS
Pediatric Dentistry
Some children describe the feeling of a loose tooth to be painful or uncomfortable. Loose teeth may cause discomfort and the gums around the tooth may become tender or swollen. This usually resolves when the tooth is lost, after the tooth finally breaks free from the gum tissue holding it in.

However, if your child seems to be particularly uncomfortable, you can try alleviating the pain with a cold compress to the area or giving him pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Some bleeding may be involved with the shedding process, which can be treated by holding pressure to the bleeding gums with a wet washcloth or gauze until the bleeding stops.

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