Children and Loose Teeth

Getting loose teeth and losing a tooth is an important milestone for a child. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the first baby teeth are usually shed around six years of age when the incisors become loose. Between the ages of 10 and 12, the molars in the back often fall out and are replaced with permanent teeth.

Should I Pull a Loose Tooth?

Baby teeth should be allowed to fall out naturally. However, that doesn’t mean that your child can’t help the process along. If a tooth is very wiggly, you or your child can usually pull the tooth safely by placing a tissue over the tooth and gently pulling.

If a child is not comfortable pulling out the tooth prematurely, don’t push them into doing it. The tooth will likely fall out on its own when your child bites into something hard. Kids do not have to worry about swallowing it because they will likely feel it in their mouth.

Loose Tooth Caused by Trauma

A tooth can become loose due to trauma or an accident that effects the mouth. If your child’s tooth is knocked hard enough, it could become loose in the socket. When a baby tooth becomes loose due to trauma, recovery is usually quick as the tooth resettles.

It’s not uncommon to experience swelling, bleeding, and complaints of tooth pain and soreness after an accident. There is a possibility the trauma caused damage to the permanent tooth, so it is important to have the tooth and mouth promptly examined by a dentist.

Speak with a Pediatric Dentist

Melbourne pediatric dentistry practice, Sunshine Smiles, specializes in infants, children, teens, and special-needs patients. Visiting a Brevard pediatric dental practice for regular checkups and cleanings is important for the health of your child’s smile and oral health. Request an appointment today at Sunshine Smiles.