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What to do when your child loses their first tooth
February 28, 2018
A child losing their first tooth can be an exciting time for both the child and the parent. Losing baby teeth signifies the child is growing older, but still allows the parents an opportunity to celebrate the occasion with the possible visit of the Tooth Fairy! However, most parents can become a bit frightened when their child’s first tooth falls out, considering it has most likely been a long time since the parent has lost a tooth. Don’t fret though, as we have a few simple tips to make the process of a child losing their first tooth a smooth and exciting one.
1. Let the tooth come out when it’s ready
Often times, children become ecstatic at the slightest feeling of their first wiggly tooth. But, it’s important to remind your child that pulling out the tooth before it is ready to come out can be harmful, leading to unnecessary pain and even infections. Help your child by keeping them patient and calm through the process, even amidst their excitement.
2. Adult teeth are permanent – take care of them!
After the child’s tooth has fallen out, there may be some bleeding. However, many dentists recommend that the child gargle water, and the bleeding should subside within the hour. But, it’s important to tell your child that adult teeth won’t be falling out for a very long time, and that it is important that the child keeps up with their brushing, flossing and dental exams.
3. Reward them with a special treat
Most children are delighted to have lost their first tooth, knowing that a more sophisticated, “adult” tooth will take its place. As a parent, you can celebrate this momentous occasion by taking them out for a special treat. But, as most families in America do, you can give a call to a special someone known as the Tooth Fairy. Let your child put their newly lost tooth underneath their pillow when they go to sleep, and the “tooth fairy” will take the tooth and replace it with money or a small gift.
We hope the dentists at Lake City Dental can ease your fears about your child losing their first tooth. Like we said, the maintenance of your child’s new adult teeth is extremely important, and we look forward to assisting in the education of your children about proper brushing and flossing at their next dental exam.