Child Losing a Baby Tooth: Practical Advice and Next Steps

 In Ask Dr. Smallwood, Dental Tips, Oral Health

A Child losing a tooth can be an exciting ordeal for both your child and yourself. Your child’s 20 baby teeth will usually fall out in about the same order they came in. Usually, their lower center teeth, or lower center incisors will come in and fall out first. Most people worry about when a child should start losing their teeth, if losing early or later could be a sign of trouble. Not to worry, most children start losing their teeth in-between the ages of 4-7. Some experts believe that the earlier they start teething, the earlier they start losing their baby teeth. Even though each child is different, here is a few things to take note of.

First and foremost, most kids are usually excited about losing their first teeth, due to the tooth fairy and the attention they get. Some kids however, seem to get a little nervous, wondering if it is going to hurt. Best thing to do when they there is a loose tooth is to wiggle the tooth,  but do not take the the tooth out before it is ready, because it may cause infection to the socket. Tooth loss may cause a little bleeding in the socket area, however swishing the mouth with water should take care of that. If it does continue to bleed, have your child bite down gently on gauze or a clean wash cloth for a minute or so, and it should quit.

New permanent teeth will take about two weeks to come in. When the new permanent tooth comes in, it will be bigger, and it may have more pronounced ridges. Also, the permanent tooth may not be as white as the baby tooth, however this is perfectly normal. This is a great time to talk to your child about daily oral hygiene habits such as brushing, flossing and rinsing their mouth, as their new teeth will be the teeth they will have for the rest of their lives!

My Child Lost a Permanent Tooth!
Ok, so what happens if your child loses a permanent tooth?? First off, stay calm. Don’t panic, and keep them calm as well. Clean their mouth out with warm salt water, and stop any bleeding. Next, gently retrieve the tooth by holding it by the crown, not the root. Clean the tooth with water. If possible, place the tooth back in the socket, and hold with a clean washcloth or gauze. If it does not take, the put the tooth in a clean container filled with milk.  Make sure that in either case, you call and schedule your child to see their dentist as soon as possible.

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s baby teeth or permanent teeth, please contact us today!

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