4 Things to know about Your Child’s Loose Baby Teeth

Do you remember the days when you had loose baby teeth and the ridiculous methods you used to pull them out? Did you ever try tying a string around your loose tooth and connecting it to the door method? If so, that may not have been the best idea.

Here are 4 things you should know before pulling out your child’s loose baby teeth:

  1. Baby Teeth Timeline

Most children start losing their baby teeth between the ages of 6-12 years old. This is when the roots of the baby tooth dissolve painlessly allowing the teeth to become loose and fall out. Your child’s front teeth will typically fall out first. The remaining teeth will begin to loosen and fall out in the same order in which the baby teeth first came in to the mouth.

  1. Potential Damage

It is important to know that a loose tooth does not always mean a permanent tooth is coming in. Children that are active may be at risk of damaging or loosening their baby teeth. If your child’s tooth is knocked loose, you should get them in to see the dentist. Trauma to your child’s baby teeth may lead to infection or damage to their permanent teeth. Make sure you DO NOT pull out the loose baby teeth. It may cause damage to sensitive tissue, lead to infection, bleed more than it should and cause pain to your child.

Remember your child’s baby teeth will effect their permanent teeth. Any damage to their baby teeth may lead to potential harm to their gums and the development of their permanent teeth.

  1. What You Can Do

We understand that you may fear your child swallowing their tooth or hurt themselves trying to remove it. What you can do is give your child a crispy apple to help the loose tooth fall out. You can also have your child brush their teeth several times a day to painlessly ease the tooth out.

  1. Permanent Teeth

After a tooth falls out, if there is any redness the next day or if your child is complaining of excessive pain, you should make an appointment with your dentist to ensure the area is not infected.

It may take a few weeks for a permanent tooth to replace the baby tooth. Once their adult tooth comes in, you may notice that it looks bigger, has a few more pronounced ridges, and doesn’t look as white. This is completely normal. Make sure your child is brushing twice a day and flossing once a day to ensure good oral hygiene habits for their new permanent teeth.

At Advanced Children’s Dentistry, your Garden City Pediatric Dentist, we want to make sure you and your family are well-educated on your oral health. Call us today at (516) 758 – KIDS to reserve your child’s dental care appointment.

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