Should You Pull That Loose Tooth?
Every child will go through the experience of losing a tooth. As a parent, you may be concerned about whether you should let the tooth fall out on its own or take action and make the process go a little faster. There are multiple ways you and your child can address the issue of a loose tooth. However before you make a decision, you may want to consider some important factors first.
Why is the Tooth Loose?
It is important that you know why the tooth is loose in the first place. Baby teeth fall out to make room for permanent teeth in the order that they appear. A child is usually about six or seven years old when their baby teeth begin to go, starting with the front teeth.
However, a loose tooth in a child does not always indicate that a permanent tooth is trying to emerge. The tooth may be loose as a result of some trauma, such as an accidental fall. Regardless of why the tooth is loose, it is important that it is examined by a dentist who can determine if the permanent tooth was harmed in some way or if there is a likelihood of an infection.
Let it Come Out Naturally
You may find that the best approach to handling a loose tooth is to do nothing. You can have your child gently wiggle the tooth now and then with their tongue or by using their clean index finger and thumb to lessen any pain or any bleeding that is occurring until the tooth falls out. If the loose tooth is causing them pain, some oral analgesic can be rubbed on the areas surrounding the tooth.
Pull it Out
Be sure to let your child gauge for themselves the looseness of the tooth and how much pain it is causing them, but assist them if they are hesitant or anxious. Avoid pulling on the tooth if it is still firmly rooted in the gums as doing so can cause extreme pain. It is best to wait until the root of the tooth is barely hanging on before pulling it out of the mouth.
Let Your Child Crunch On Some Food
Eating crunchy food can help make the tooth even looser, while chewing can help remove it completely. However, you do not want to feed your child something that could tear at or otherwise damage their gums. Consider giving them a firm fruit to eat, like an apple or pear.
If you are concerned about why your child is losing their tooth, get in touch with us at Wright Smiles Pediatric Dentistry. We can put both you and your child at ease with the dental services we provide and that are suited to meet the exact needs of your child.