What to do when a child has a loose baby tooth?

Article written byElite Dental Group

Children losing their baby teeth can be an exciting yet scary experience. Parents should consider the following when a child starts to lose their baby teeth.

Children most often lose their baby teeth between the ages of 6 to7. It is important that your child maintains good oral hygiene during this time and has at least 2 annual dental visits a year.

Often the first teeth to fall out are the ones that came in first, which means that the lower front teeth will fall out followed by the upper front teeth. A baby tooth will only loosen once the permanent tooth is ready to come through the gums.  Avoid infection by allowing the tooth to naturally fall out and advise your child not to move it around.

If your child’s teeth fall-out out of sequence or your child loses teeth early, it is best to consult a dentist to check if there are any medical reasons for this change. Often when a child’s teeth come out there can be blood followed by a tingling sensation, which will subside quickly. Ask your child to rinse their mouth and use a cold compress on the outside of the mouth if there is bleeding and pain. 

Do not worry if your child swallows a tooth as it will pass through their body without any harm or discomfort. A child’s permanent teeth should come through in a few weeks. If their new teeth are discolored or crooked, it is best to consult a dentist to ensure they are healthy.

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