How to Help When Your Child Loses Teeth

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Help Your Child Through The Change Of Losing A Tooth

Kids generally lose their teeth starting when they are six or seven years old. This is a rite of passage that is exciting but can also cause pain and fear.

Children usually lose their teeth in the order they got them. The first ones lost are typically the front incisors. It is important to make sure that your child brushes and flosses regularly when going through the process of losing teeth, even if the teeth are loose and ready to fall out.

If a tooth is loose, your child can move it around with his or her tongue and wiggle it, as long as it doesn’t hurt too much. If your child decides to pull out a loose tooth, there may be some pain and a little bit of blood. You can stop the bleeding by applying pressure with a damp cloth. Assure your child that this is normal and not to worry.

Don’t be concerned if your child loses teeth when you are not expecting it. Kids who get their teeth earlier than their peers often lose them earlier. It is also fairly common for kids’ teeth to fall out when they are eating or drinking. That should not be cause for concern.

New permanent teeth tend to look a little darker than baby teeth. This is normal and should not be considered a problem. The permanent teeth may also have sharp ridges since they have not yet been worn down by chewing. The teeth might at first appear too big for your child’s face, but your child will grow into them.

Losing teeth is generally a simple process that doesn’t cause problems. You should be concerned, however, if permanent teeth begin to erupt before the baby teeth have fallen out. This can result in two rows of teeth, a condition referred to as “shark teeth.” If this happens, you should take your child to your pediatric dentist.

If your child’s gums are swollen, red, and painful, try an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or a topical analgesic. If the pain is severe, consult your pediatric dentist.

Make losing teeth a fun and memorable process for your child. Many parents tell their kids that they will be visited by the tooth fairy and encourage their kids to leave their teeth under their pillows so that the tooth fairy can leave them money. You can also take pictures of your child with the missing tooth and put the photos in a scrapbook or baby book, throw a party, or take your child to a favorite place for a day of fun.

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18 Dec 2018 11:48 AM