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Why Your Child May Have Tooth Pain Marietta, GA

Why Your Child May Have Tooth Pain

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Toothaches are one of the most disruptive types of pain we deal with. Dental pain can occur in adults as well as children. Just because your child has baby teeth or brand new permanent teeth doesn’t mean they are invincible to pain. In addition, tooth pain in kids doesn’t always mean a cavity. Nonetheless, dental pain of any kind needs to be addressed by a dentist – whether you are 6 or 60!

Causes of Childhood Toothaches

Toothaches in children aren’t always cause for alarm, and they aren’t always within your control either. Just like older patients, there are numerous reasons why a pediatric patient may complain of tooth pain. Here are a few of the most common causes:

Tooth Decay

While not the only cause for tooth pain, decay is the most common when it comes to kids. Children are especially vulnerable to decay, often due to beginner brushing skills or poor eating/drinking habits. A cavity means that there is a small hole in the outer enamel layer of the tooth. This can make the inner tooth nerves may be more exposed, which leads to pain.

Tooth Infection

When decay goes untreated or when the tooth is cracked or damaged in some way, bacteria can enter the inner tooth pulp and cause an infection. This type of inflammation and pain can be especially uncomfortable for a small child.

Gum Disease

Kids can get gum disease too! If bacteria and plaque are not cleaned from the teeth and gums in a diligent and timely manner, the gums will become irritated, inflamed and infected. As the infection destroys soft tissues and underlying bone, pain is often a symptom.


Sometimes dental discomfort is not from disease, infection or decay. Rather, the pain may be stemming from the jaw or the constant wear and tear on teeth that grind throughout the night. Teeth grinding, known as bruxism, is a common occurrence for kids – especially during sleep. While your child may not know they are doing it at night, teeth grinding often presents with telltale signs during the day. Your child may complain of sensitive teeth or a sore jaw when biting down or opening their mouth.

The above causes of childhood tooth pain are the same as those that adults face. And just the same as adults, toothaches in kids need to be properly diagnosed and treated. Keep in mind that your child may have difficulty pinpointing their pain, or they may refer to their jaw or gum pain as “teeth pain.” Only a dentist can perform the necessary imaging and evaluation to determine where the pain is coming from. At Gilreath Dental Associates, we are equipped to treat all types of tooth pain in patients of all ages. Don’t ignore your child’s dental discomfort – we can help!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

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Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

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I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

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The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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