Morristown Pediatric Dentistry

YOUR KID HAS A LOOSE TOOTH. A great way to make the prospect of losing that first baby tooth less scary is to help kids see it as a rite of passage: losing baby teeth is a major part of being a big kid, just like learning to ride a bike and tie their own shoelaces. It’s a big, exciting step, and hopefully they’ll be able to see it that way with a little help.

What’s Your Loose Tooth Strategy?

Any loose tooth game plan should include the actual strategy for helping the tooth come out. We would discourage parents from chasing their kids around with a pair of pliers, as that won’t be very fun for them. Encourage them to wiggle the tooth often with their tongue or a clean finger to help it along, and try not to force the issue if they’re still too nervous. It’s generally best to wait until the tooth is very loose.

Give Your Child an Active Role

When it comes to pulling the loose tooth out, there’s the old standby of tying some dental floss around a doorknob, but parents could also make it a little more unique by tying the floss to a Nerf dart, a toy arrow, or the dog’s collar.
Some children want to chew on foods that will help loosen their teeth. For those kids eating raw veggies like carrots or celery can help. If you child prefers fruit, give them a apple to bite into. Each bite will help that tooth get a bit looser.
If your child wants to share the experience with you or a loved one, they may ask for help in pulling the tooth. If it is super wiggly, then a wet paper towel or gauze is a great aid to help get ahold of the tooth while also quickly stopping any bleeding.
Let your child choose with method they want to help with the tooth pulling process. There isn’t a wrong answer.

Roots Missing on Baby Teeth

You may notice when the loose tooth comes out that it is not complete in shape. The roots are missing or sometimes a bit jagged. This is because the new adult teeth come in contact with the root of the baby teeth and dissolve the roots of the baby teeth.

Don’t Forget to Celebrate!

Once the loose tooth is out, it’s time to celebrate! That could be as simple as waiting for the Tooth Fairy, but maybe a new toy or a trip to get ice cream would be more exciting. Including some kind of reward, even a small one, will help them have something to focus on besides the scary parts.

Morristown Pediatric Dentistry provides dental services for children and adolescents in the Lakeway Area. We strive to provide a fun, caring, and child-friendly environment. We are here to help your children form healthy oral hygiene habits and help them take care of their teeth. We are conveniently located in the heart of Morristown at 950 West 1st North Street. To make an appointment with one of Morristown Pediatric Dentistry’s doctors, please call: 423-581-1877.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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