We’ve all heard those stories, maybe we even have a few of our own, about tying the string to a door and slamming it shut to pull out that super lose tooth. Losing teeth is a right of passage for every child, and can bring about a whole world of excitement for children as they begin to lose their baby teeth.
However, as this new stage of life approaches as a parent you might be wondering when it might happen and what you should be aware of to ensure you or your children don’t cause any damage to the mouth.
When Will My Child Start Losing Teeth?
Your children’s baby teeth, or primary teeth, will typically start to loosen and fall out around the age of 6 or 7. You can expect that the teeth will fall out in the same order that they first popped through during their teething phase. So this means that the bottom central teeth and then the top front teeth will be the first to go, followed by the others.
Can I Pull Out A Loose Tooth?
While it might be tempting for you or your children to help aid the tooth along in falling out, you’ll want to be careful not to try and pull it out too early. If the tooth isn’t loose enough when trying to remove it you might cause accidental damage to the surrounding gum and tissue.
It’s actually better to allow your child to just gently wiggle the tooth until it falls out naturally. In addition to this being the safer route, it can also help minimize the discomfort and bleeding that could accompany the removal of a tooth too early.
As the tooth loosens you’ll want to be sure that you maintain good hygiene around the area. Be sure to brush thoroughly and get into the lose areas to ensure no lose food gets stuck.
What If My Child’s Teeth Don’t Become Loose?
While most children’s teeth will begin to loosen and fall out naturally there are situations where a primary tooth doesn’t do this. In order to ensure that your child’s permanent teeth come in the way that they should you’ll want to consult with a dentist about the possibility of pulling the tooth out to avoid any long-term issues.
What To Do When A Tooth Falls Out
Once your child’s tooth has finally come out there may be some slight bleeding of the gum. To help relieve this you can have your child rinse with some warm water. If the bleeding continues you may have them bite down on a piece of gauze to help.
Once a tooth is gone you’ll want to continue to encourage good oral hygiene habits by having them brush regularly. While you’ll want to have them brush the area of the now missing tooth make sure they do so gently to avoid irritating the area.
While good dental habits are important starting at an early age, it becomes even more important as your child starts growing their permanent teeth. Make sure that they follow the ADA guidelines of brushing twice a day and flossing once a day to help set them on a good path to a healthy mouth.
There are many stages to your child’s dental health journey and our staff is here to support you in establishing a positive dental routine and helping to build a foundation of trust and understanding around your child’s dental care.