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What To Do When Your Child's Tooth Is Loose


Posted on 9/25/2023 by Elmwood Dental Group
What To Do When Your Child's Tooth Is LooseAs a parent, witnessing your child's first loose tooth is exciting and nostalgic. Before a baby's tooth falls out, it usually feels a bit loose for some time. During this time, you should take proper care of the loose tooth to ensure a smooth and painless transition. Here's what you can do when your child's tooth is loose:

Keep Brushing Around It


Even though the tooth is loose, it's crucial to maintain regular oral hygiene habits. Continue brushing your child's teeth as usual but be gentle around the loose tooth to avoid discomfort.

Proper oral care helps prevent plaque buildup and keeps the surrounding gums healthy.

Don't Try To Pull The Tooth


As tempting as it may be to expedite the process, it's best not to force or pull the loose tooth prematurely. Baby teeth are designed to fall out naturally when the permanent tooth is ready to emerge. Pulling the tooth could cause unnecessary pain or lead to complications.

Don't Worry About Bleeding


When the tooth becomes looser, there may be bleeding around the gum line. This is normal and usually stops on its own. If there is minimal bleeding, reassure your child that it's a natural part of the process and have them rinse their mouth with water.

Reassure Your Child With Stories


Many children experience anxiety when they have loose teeth. To help alleviate concerns, share positive stories or experiences of other children losing their teeth. Emphasize that losing baby teeth is a natural part of growing up and that the Tooth Fairy might visit to celebrate the milestone.

Encourage Healthy Eating Habits


Ensure your child eats soft foods when the tooth is loose. Avoid sticky or hard foods that may put additional pressure on the loose tooth.

Keep Brushing Around It


Even though the tooth is loose, it's crucial to maintain regular oral hygiene habits. Continue brushing your child's teeth as usual but be gentle around the loose tooth to avoid discomfort.
Proper oral care helps prevent plaque buildup and keeps the surrounding gums healthy. Call our dentist when you notice your child's teeth are loose.

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