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What is the best way to treat a toothache in a 5 year old?

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Dr. Jonathan Richards
Dentistry - Endodontics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Find the source

Pain in a "baby tooth" can be due to decay, the gums, or a possible infection, etc.
It is important to first determine the cause and then address is specifically. Over the counter pain medications like tylenol (acetaminophen) can help, but wont usually resolve it. Using a topical gel like orajel can provide temporary relief if it is pain from the gums. See a pediatric dentist or skilled general dentist.

In brief: Find the source

Pain in a "baby tooth" can be due to decay, the gums, or a possible infection, etc.
It is important to first determine the cause and then address is specifically. Over the counter pain medications like tylenol (acetaminophen) can help, but wont usually resolve it. Using a topical gel like orajel can provide temporary relief if it is pain from the gums. See a pediatric dentist or skilled general dentist.
Dr. Jonathan Richards
Dr. Jonathan Richards
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See DDS

See DDS or better, pediatric DDS

In brief: See DDS

See DDS or better, pediatric DDS
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Jared Plitt
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It depends.

First you need a diagnosis.
Is the toothache from something temporary, or will it require dental treatment? Is there an infection? Is the nerve of the tooth involved? Once your dentist has done an exam and given you a clear diagnosis, than the options to treat it become clearer. For short term pain for a toothache, children's Ibuprofen can be helpful. Topical anesthetic, like orajel, can help too.

In brief: It depends.

First you need a diagnosis.
Is the toothache from something temporary, or will it require dental treatment? Is there an infection? Is the nerve of the tooth involved? Once your dentist has done an exam and given you a clear diagnosis, than the options to treat it become clearer. For short term pain for a toothache, children's Ibuprofen can be helpful. Topical anesthetic, like orajel, can help too.
Dr. Jared Plitt
Dr. Jared Plitt
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