You probably remember the first time you lost a tooth when you were still young. You may even still remember losing the first few. In fact, you may have even helped make it happen by tying strings to loose teeth so that they fall out much quicker. And now, your child is going to have go through the same experience soon.
Most children start losing their primary teeth at around 5 or 6 years old to slowly make room for their permanent teeth.
But, what happens if your child doesn’t?
Pulling Out Loose Baby Teeth
As the permanent teeth start to develop and come in, the roots of your child’s original teeth will gradually dissolve. Eventually, the amount of tissue becomes so small that your child can easily use his or her fingers or tongue to remove the loose tooth.
Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Don’t worry too much. It happens. More importantly, don’t pull out the loose baby teeth yourself.
There’s a huge chance that the baby tooth is only slightly loose, which means it’s best to just leave the tooth alone.
Still, if your child doesn’t say it hurts when it moves and it’s already very loose but just will not fall off, feel free to help out your child. Don’t tie a string to it, though. Instead, use a clean towel or gauze to hold the tooth and give it a quick twist before pulling it out in one go.
Better yet, let your child do it. This is a very big milestone and a moment that children will likely remember for the rest of their lives. So, you might as well let your child do it.
When to Call The Dentist
- Small fragments of the root may sometimes stay in the tissue for far longer. They’re rarely a cause for concern. But, if they begin to cause swelling, redness, or even pain in the tissue, contact your dentist immediately to check if there’s an infection.
- “Shark teeth” is a term used to describe when the permanent teeth erupt when the baby teeth still hasn’t had a chance to fall out properly. This is similar to what happens in sharks, hence the name. While such cases aren’t exactly a dental emergency, you still would want to have it checked by your child’s pediatric dentist. The dentist will usually check your child’s teeth if there’s still a possibility for the baby teeth to fall out naturally. If not, then the dentist will have to extract your child’s baby teeth to make way for the permanent teeth.
- There are also cases where the permanent tooth just never develops and the baby tooth doesn’t fall out as a result. At this time you’ll want to take your child to the dentist to take an X-ray just to make sure if the permanent tooth developed or not.
If you are concerned about your child’s permanent or baby teeth, don’t hesitate to call Hoboken Pediatric Dentistry and make an appointment at 201-795-2111 or visit our website at www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.