Learn How To Pull Your Child's First Loose Tooth Properly

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When your child has a loose tooth, it is important to wait to remove the tooth until it is truly ready to come out of your child's mouth. Many parents make the mistake of pulling their child's tooth as soon as they notice that it has started to become loose. Pulling the tooth too early could cause your child a lot of pain and actually damage his or her gums. Below is a guide for how to tell when your child's tooth is ready to be pulled and a safe and easy method for pulling it, when the time comes.

Wiggle the Tooth

When a tooth is loose enough to be pulled, it will be easy to wiggle. Have your child use their tongue to wiggle the loose tooth. Pay attention to see if the tooth moves easily within their mouth or if it looks like they have to use a lot of effort to move the tooth. If the tooth wiggles easily, it is ready to be pulled.

Prepare to Pull the Tooth

Explain to your child what you are going to do and why you need to do it. Children will often be afraid that pulling their tooth is going to hurt because they have seen a movie or television show that shows someone being in intense pain when they have their tooth pulled. Explain to your child that the root of their tooth is growing in their new tooth and that they will not feel any pain in their baby tooth.

Remove the Tooth

Get a paper towel to use to grasp the tooth. The tooth will be smooth and slippery, so the paper towel will be needed so that you can get a good grip on the tooth. Wiggle the tooth back and forth until you feel it is very loose. Pull the tooth from your child's mouth with one sharp tug. The tooth should come loose quickly and easily.

The area may bleed a bit after the tooth has been pulled, but it should stop bleeding relatively quickly. You can have your child rinse their mouth with a mixture made of half a cup of warm water and three tablespoons of salt, if the bleeding does not stop after a few minutes. This will help with clotting. Have your child place the tooth under their pillow so that they can get money from the tooth fairy.

If you still have more questions about removing your child's loose teeth, contact a dentist like Dr M Strugurescu for help.

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2 January 2015

Baby Tooth as an Adult? You Are Not Alone

It was my secret for a long time, but I am finally sharing it -- I was an adult who still had a baby tooth. My dentist told me it shifted when my adult teeth came in instead of falling out. He also said I should have it pulled before it started causing dental problems, but I decided to keep it for a while. One day, during a dental check-up, my dentist found a cavity on the tooth next to it. He told me it was time to have it extracted, as it was close to the other tooth and making it hard for me to clean it. I had it taken out, and I don't miss it. I created this blog to tell other people with baby teeth as adults that they are not alone. Also, they can cause problems, so have them pulled if your dentist suggests it.