FAQs: Your Child’s Loose Tooth

Mar 14th, 2017 | By | Category: Children's Dentistry

Before you jump the gun and start researching just how much tooth fairies are leaving under pillows these days in exchange for a newly fallen out tooth, you might want to begin with questions about the loose tooth itself. Do you know how to safely guide your child when baby teeth begin falling out? Are you certain about how to handle minor troubleshooting? No worries. We are here to help with FAQs and answers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Is it normal if my child’s teeth aren’t loose yet and he’s already seven?

Answer: Yes. Baby teeth typically become loose and start to fall out beginning around the time your child is six or seven years old. If your child has not yet turned eight, don’t panic. Instead, if teeth don’t begin falling out by the time that next birthday approaches, come on in for a dental appointment, so we can check in on things!

Question: Is it okay to help my child’s loose tooth come out or should we just let it do its own thing?

Answer: It’s always better to either let the tooth fall out through a natural course or to visit our practice. Trying to remove it too soon or with too much force can lead to unintentional injury. However, it is perfectly fine for your child to wiggle the tooth back and forth.

Question: What should I do if I notice my child’s loose tooth has been loose for what seems like an extremely long time but it’s still just wiggling without falling out?

Answer: Remember that every child’s smile is one of a kind! However, if something doesn’t seem right, it is always a wise decision to schedule a visit with our practice. We can make sure progress is going along successfully.

Get Answers You Need About Baby Teeth

Coming in to find out if your child’s smile is on track (and what to do about loose teeth) will ensure your son or daughter’s smile remains in good condition. Schedule an appointment today with Hilltop Family Dental by calling (510) 758-7222. We are proud to serve patients from Richmond, Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and more.

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