If the pain is a lot or your child is unable to eat or drink like normal, call their dentist and have the dentist see if pulling the loose tooth is the best option. It can bring your child an immediate sense of relief within a very short time of the tooth coming out.
Options for Parents to Minimize Pain
There are plenty of over the counter products to help with tooth pain for teething children. These can also be applied when your child has a loose tooth.
Ideally, you should go with a kind that can be dabbed onto small spots or painted on the gum tissue of the loose tooth, so you don't end up using more than what your child actually needs.
Using a little bit of salt water can also help your child's mouth feel better. You want about a teaspoon of salt in about a cup of water, and they should gargle and spit this mixture. If your child isn't quite able to spit it out, make sure you only use small bits in their mouth at a time and encourage spitting each little bit out.
Essential oils are also good ways to help when the mouth is in pain from a loose tooth. Oregano oil or peppermint oil are the best in this instance, but make sure they are diluted to about one drop to one tablespoon of water. Rinse the mouth with them and spit them out for a bit of pain relief.
For more ideas on how to help your child, contact our office today.