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by Jillian Aitken on June 27th, 2016

The transition from having baby teeth to having adult teeth is often an immense occasion in a child’s life. Some children are incredibly excited at the prospect of losing their teeth, while others find it to be a frightening experience. As a parent, you might be tempted to ease the process along by simply extracting the tooth yourself. However, manually removing a loose tooth prematurely can actually do more harm than good. In addition to causing unnecessary pain to the child, there is also an increased risk of infection. Most dentists recommend that a child’s loose tooth be allowed to fall out naturally.

Children begin losing their baby teeth roughly around the age of six. When your child discovers a loose tooth, there is most likely a permanent tooth trying to replace it from below the gum line. Removing a child’s loose tooth before it is “ready” can be painful and hazardous. Instead, encourage your child to wiggle the tooth back and forth with his or her tongue (hands are also acceptable as long as they are clean). That way, the tooth will soon fall out of its own accord.

If your child is anxious about losing their teeth, another tactic to remedy this is to tell them about the Tooth Fairy. Children are always excited at the prospect of getting rewarded for losing their baby teeth, and this might help them actually look forward to having their teeth fall out, rather than dreading it as something traumatic. You may also wish to relay stories to your child about other children who have lost their teeth. Ask friends what their experiences were with their own children.

Communication and reassurance are key in helping your child develop a healthy perspective of their oral health. Losing teeth and visiting the dentist are necessary parts of a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle. The earlier children are taught this, the more likely they will be to take a proactive role in their oral health in the future.

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