WE’VE ALL BEEN THROUGH IT, RIGHT? Can you remember when your baby teeth were falling out? Did one of your parents yank them out for you? Or, were you one of those do-it-yourself-ers?
What To Do With YOUR Child’s Loose Baby Teeth…
Now that your child has loose teeth (or may have some soon), you might be wondering whether you should let them fall out naturally, let your child pull them out, or pull them out yourself. Here’s some information to help you make that decision.
Things To Consider When Your Child Has A Loose Tooth
- Most dentists today say NOT to pull your child’s tooth. Letting your child wiggle the tooth out with their own fingers or tongue may be the better idea. Why? Because only he or she knows for sure how loose (or attached) the tooth really is and how much discomfort it’s causing.
- If your child has waited long enough to pull it, there shouldn’t be much bleeding. Pack a small piece of wet gauze and hold pressure there for a few minutes. The bleeding should stop fairly quickly.
- Sometimes permanent teeth push the new tooth in an unusual direction which can affect the gums. If this happens, you may want to give us a call.
- Although not typical, a tooth can come out while eating and may be swallowed. Don’t worry! It’s very unlikely your child will choke on it. The tooth fairy may be a little disappointed, but a swallowed tooth is not harmful.
- Some parents offer their child a fresh, crisp, delicious apple! If the tooth is loose enough, it will likely come out.
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Be Careful With Your Child’s Smile!
Whatever you do, don’t do anything that could harm your child such as conjuring up some outlandish video to post on YouTube. Nothing is worth potentially damaging a blossoming smile or causing your child discomfort or embarrassment. Baby teeth are important in the development of a healthy adult smile so make sure you take care of them before they fall out! If you have other questions about baby teeth, don’t hesitate to ask.