The loss of a baby tooth is one of the most memorable milestones in a child’s life. For first-timers, though, this time may be accompanied by concern and trepidation. The first teeth to lose, between 4-8 years old, are the bottom two middle teeth. Be sure to supervise your child’s brushing closely during this transition as it is common for children themselves to avoid brushing in the area of loose teeth. Gum irritation can result from inadequate plaque removal.
A baby tooth gets loose when the permanent replacement tooth wears away its root by growing up under the baby tooth. However, it is not uncommon for the adult tooth to grow in a bit off course, resulting in the new tooth growing in behind the baby tooth. If this happens, have your child try to wiggle out the baby tooth and call our office for an evaluation. Removal of the baby tooth by the dentist is sometimes needed. Other times you will be given a timeframe to try to remove the tooth at home.
Celebrate the milestone of losing baby teeth! Have a chest to place under the child’s pillow for the Tooth Fairy, take pictures to commemorate the precious changing smile and have fun!