What To Do When Your Child Loses A Tooth


A child’s 20 baby teeth typically fall out in the same order they come in. Usually, the lower center teeth are the first to fall out. Children can lose their baby teeth anywhere from age 4 to 7. The earlier your child because teething the sooner their permanent teeth will come in.  Some kids may lose teeth before age 4 or after age 7. If this is the case, it is a good idea to check with your dentist to be sure everything is healthy.


Most kids are excited about their first loose tooth and the possibility of a visit from the tooth fairy. However, a few worries that losing a tooth will hurt. Be sure to let your child know it will not cause pain. Possibly, getting your child excited about the tooth fairy can relieve any worries.


Encourage your child to wiggle loose teeth but not to pull them out before they’re ready. If the tooth is forced out it may create a broken root causing infection. Once the loose tooth falls out, the gum may bleed. Have your child swish water in their mouth and bite down on a piece of gauze or towel. The bleeding should stop in about an hour.


It may take a few weeks for a permanent tooth to replace the lost baby tooth, and once it comes in, you may notice that it looks bigger. It will have a few more strong ridges, and not look as white.  Remember to help your children take extra good care of these new teeth since these are the ones they will have forever. Make sure they brush their teeth twice and floss every day.


If you have any other questions about your child’s teeth? Schedule an appointment today! We would love to talk through any concerns you may have and help answer them.

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