As a parent, you expect that your kids will lose their baby teeth. It’s an exciting and normal milestone that every child goes through. Though often the same, many of these experiences are different and may have you questioning what is normal and what is cause for concern.
Here’s what you need to know about your kids losing teeth.
When Teeth Fall Out
Keep in mind that every child is going to grow and lose teeth at their body’s own rate. However, teeth begin to loosen and fall out around the age of five or six and it will continue with other teeth for the next few years. On average, most kids lose teeth and gain their adult teeth between the ages of 5 and 15.
Most commonly, front teeth will fall out first, followed by the canines, and then the molars in the back. This is the order in which your child got his or her teeth back when they were teething — and it is the order they usually fall out.
If your child is delayed in losing teeth and hasn’t lost one by the age of 8, contact your pediatric dentist to make sure there is no underlying cause for alarm.
Pulling a Loose Tooth
Before baby teeth fall out, they will wiggle. Some will wiggle so much they appear to be barely hanging on. This is often when parents may decide to pull the loose tooth. You’ve likely heard those traumatic stories of tying a string between the loose tooth and the knob of an open door — and then slamming the door shut. While this is sure to pull the loose tooth, it is not the best idea.
Sometimes pulling a loose tooth can cause trauma to the gums around the tooth, leading to unnecessary pain and discomfort. It is best to not pull a loose tooth and, instead, allow it to fall out naturally.
Encourage your child to wiggle it with their tongue or fingers — and to not worry about swallowing it.
When the Tooth Falls Out
After the tooth falls out, there may be a little bit of blood, but nothing that should cause alarm. Apply pressure with a clean cloth, if desired, until the bleeding stops.
While your child has a missing tooth, it is a good idea to talk about the importance of good oral care – and keeping the teeth and gums healthy and happy. Remind your child to brush his or her teeth at least two times each day, floss daily, and schedule regular visits with your dentist.
Dental Buddies of Vero Beach for Your Child’s Dental Needs
Young children are just learning about the importance of caring for their teeth. And losing them is all part of the process. At Dental Buddies of Vero Beach, we know that this time may be as scary as it is exciting for you and your child. We are here to answer any of your questions, as well as address any of your concerns.