Information To Help You Feel More Comfortable As Your Child Sheds Their Teeth

If you are the parent of a young child, you may be concerned about the shedding of your youngster's teeth. The milestones of tooth loss can be exciting and a bit daunting. 

Here is some information to help you feel more comfortable throughout the teeth-shedding process. 

When Does a Child Start to Shed Teeth?

The first wiggly teeth typically appear during the preschool years. The teeth usually loosen as the permanent teeth start to present, placing pressure on their primary counterparts.

Your child will likely lose their teeth in the same order in which the teeth erupted. Thus, the front teeth are normally the first to go.

The loss of a baby tooth can be premature if the tooth is shed or extracted due to decay, gum disease, or injury. If a tooth is lost early, it is important to have a dentist assess the condition of your child's mouth.

The baby teeth serve as place-holders for the adult teeth that will eventually emerge. Thus, an early loss can negatively effect your child's dental alignment.

Is It Appropriate to Pull A Wiggly Tooth?

Baby teeth should be shed naturally. By forcefully pulling a loose tooth from its socket, you could damage your little one's sensitive gums and cause your youngster additional discomfort.

If your child complains about the wobbly sensation of a tooth, encourage them to brush more often and eat crunchy foods, such as apples. The additional movement of the tooth from these activities can help it loosen further until it falls out on its own.

How Can You Prepare Your Child for the Shedding Process?

New experiences can sometimes be frightening to a young child, so it is best to discuss the shedding process with your youngster before it begins. Here are a few suggested highlights:

  • The shedding of teeth is completely normal.
  • A wobbly tooth will eventually fall out, and a new grownup tooth is waiting to replace it.
  • Don't worry about choking on the tooth. The dislodged little tooth is easily felt in the mouth.
  • The site where the tooth was connected may bleed a little after the tooth falls out.

You may also want to celebrate the shedding of your child's teeth by telling tales of the tooth fairy and leaving money under your little one's pillow. The natural process of teeth shedding can be fun and exciting for your whole family. 

If you have concerns about your child's teeth-shedding process, schedule a consultation with a professional such as Mainwaring John D DDS.