What Do You Do When A Baby Tooth Is Loose?

What Do You Do When A Baby Tooth Is Loose? | Junior Smiles of Stafford

For most youngsters, losing their first primary tooth is associated with feelings of delight and pride, according to a study published in the International Journal of Pediatric Dentistry in 2018. According to research, the percentage of children who reported feeling fear or being terrified was just approximately 22%. 

The Tooth Fairy will be there, so don’t forget to celebrate the loose baby tooth!

How to help your child during this process

Know your child

When a child’s first tooth falls out, they react differently. Some people may find the whole situation fascinating, while others may be disturbed that a portion of their body is acting oddly. 

Your child may wish to remove a loose tooth on their own. Tell them to gently wiggle the tooth with their tongue in this scenario. Alternatively, they can use their fingers, but be sure to wash them first!

Oral care 

It is usually simple to wrap up a clean baby tooth in a tissue and give it to the tooth fairy if it comes out. 

A piece of moistened gauze or tea bag can be given to a child who has severe bleeding or a blood ailment and is asked to bite on. For the next two days, instruct your youngster not to pick at the area of gum that is inflamed. Additionally, you can mash up their meal with a fork or give them soft items to eat.

After two hours of bleeding, you should call your dentist.

When it comes to brushing the rest of your child’s teeth, make sure that your young one uses fluoride toothpaste and is gentle in the area where the tooth was lost for the whole two minutes, twice daily.

Use a cold compress

Having a tooth fall out or a tooth socket goes empty might cause discomfort. Ice packs or frozen vegetables can be used as cold compresses to relieve pain and numb the affected area. Over-the-counter medications like Children’s Tylenol can also be used to alleviate the pain.

Dental checkups

Make sure your child gets twice-yearly dental cleanings and X-rays, as prescribed by your dentist, as a preventative measure. Several dentists specialize in children’s dentistry, including pedodontists.

Preventive dental care is the best way to keep your child from needing serious dental work in the future. Also, if your child complains of a toothache, visit your dentist. A decaying tooth could be the source of this discomfort. Acetaminophen can be taken by mouth until the dentist can examine your youngster. 

How many teeth do kids lose

Humans are born with 32 teeth, 20 of which are baby teeth. As we get older, we lose about 20 baby teeth, which are replaced with permanent teeth that are stronger, longer, and wider. Children begin to lose their baby teeth around the ages of six and twelve to thirteen. “Succedaneous” teeth refer to the permanent teeth that replace baby teeth. The first, second, and third sets of permanent molars make up the remaining 12 adult teeth, in addition to the 20 that replaced the baby teeth. 

This group of teeth is also known as 6- and 12-year molars and wisdom teeth. Adult molars fill in the void left by losing our baby teeth in the rear of our mouths.

Although humans are designed to have 20 baby teeth and 32 adult teeth, there are some exceptions to this rule. The average number of adult teeth that a person gets is 32, but some people get fewer. In medical terminology, it’s known as “congenital tooth loss.” Having a congenitally absent adult tooth may prevent the baby tooth from being pushed out of the mouth by a permanent tooth. A child’s baby tooth will remain in place until they reach adulthood in this situation. The second set of baby molars is the most common place (the ones farthest in the back).

The most important factor in determining whether or not your child will be born with missing teeth is his or her family’s dental history and genetics.

Related: Handling Loose Teeth: Is It Normal For Teeth to Wiggle?

Sequence of the loss of baby teeth

When a child’s baby teeth fall out, the procedure can take up to six years from beginning to end. At around the age of six, these teeth begin to loosen and fall out on their own to make place for the permanent ones. The earlier teeth erupt, the quicker they fall out. This is true for some children as early as 4 and for others as late as 7.

For the most part, the order in which teeth fall out is essential rather than the actual age at which they fall out.

First, the lower central incisors (lower central incisors), then the upper central incisors (upper central incisors), followed by the lateral and first molars. 

Then, the canines and second molars. The two charts at the end of this piece show the average times for the emergence and shedding of baby teeth and the emergence of adult teeth. As a reminder, these times are just averages, and some kids will lose them faster or slower than what is shown here. The order in which teeth fall out is the most important consideration.

If your child loses a baby tooth earlier or later than expected, don’t panic. It’s a normal part of growing up. Some baby teeth fall out quickly, while others are more difficult to remove. Approaching the meeting as a usual, happy affair is crucial because youngsters reflect their parents’ mood. 

Contact Junior Smiles of Stafford to know more about loose baby tooth

As soon as a kid’s first tooth erupts or their first birthday, the American Dental Association recommends that parents bring their child to the dentist. It is important to consult the most reputable pediatric dentist for further information on proper oral hygiene for children. Our goal is to make your child’s dental appointments fun and a relaxing experience.

 Why Choose Junior Smiles of Stafford?

Our Stafford, VA team is well-versed in working with clients of various ages and backgrounds. They’ll take the time to get to know you and your family’s requirements, and they’ll work with you to design a treatment plan that suits your schedule. Sealants and fluoride treatments are just two of the many preventative care options we provide to keep your mouth healthy.

About Us

Visiting Junior Smiles of Stafford means you’re in good hands when it comes to receiving high-quality care. Your child’s dental health improves with each visit, ensuring a brighter smile for years to come. We adhere to the ADA and AAPD’s guidelines for best practices. 

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