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4 tricks to treat and prevent kids’ toothaches

What's behind your child's toothache? It could be the workings of a well-known villain: Tooth Decay. If the pain doesn't disappear in a few days, squeeze in a dentist appointment. While you're waiting:

  • Try holding a cold pack against their jaw. You can also use ice wrapped in a wet washcloth; they can help give kids toothache relief.
  • Don't give them anything too hot or cold to eat or drink. Hold off on ice cream until they're better - it could make the pain worse.

To help kids steer clear of toothaches ─ and minimize extra dentist visits ─ it's best to start good habits early.

  • Teach them to brush twice a day. And remember those back teeth! They're where cavities most often pop up. They should floss once a day, too.
  • Play up healthy snacks. Sugary, sticky foods stick around and are more likely to cause decay. Snacks like apples or bananas are better for your kids, and their teeth.

Children's MOTRIN®

Give kids toothache relief that lasts for up to 8 hours.

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