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Help Your Child With Their First Loose Tooth

Updated on August 31, 2017

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Children often loose their first tooth at the age of 6-7, though if their teeth came in late when they were a baby, then don't expect them to loose any teeth until around 8, or even 9.

Calm Them

If your child is flying into a panic and looks like she's having a seizure, calm them down. Give them a glass of water, or better yet, ice cream (if it's summer). Explain to her that losing your teeth is just a part of the process to becoming an adult (do not teach your child about puberty until they're 10 or 11). Sit them down and read a book to them. If you own an Xbox or a Playstation, ask them if they want to play a video game. When they're calm enough, follow the next step: Deciding whether or not to help her lose her tooth; or to let it stay until it "naturally" comes out.


After your child is relaxing, ask them if they want their loose tooth in their mouth. Chances are, they'll say "yes." Ask why. The most possible answer will be something revolving around pain or how they'll look weird. If so, explain to them that after a while, all of their friends will lose their tooth, and then you'll look weird regardless.

They'll cave in after that, I assure you.

Tell the child to wiggle the tooth every day. Not a rough wiggle, just a gentle and soft wiggle. Tell them to tell you once they feel like the tooth's more wiggly. When they do, wiggle their tooth yourself. If you feel the need to, schedule an appointment with your child's dentist. If you'd rather have it fall out a home, ask her to shake it a bit more violently and try to twist it. When she goes to bed, tell her that even if the tooth falls out at night, she won't die of suffocation, since even a tiny movement in her body will alert the brain to wake up.

Tell the child anything to help her stop worrying from choking to death while sleeping.

The tooth should fall out within about 2 weeks or so. If not, consult your child's dentist.

Consult your child's dentist


Dentistry at its Finest

Tell the dentist that you'd wish for a check-up or something along those lines of your child's loose tooth. If the dentist feels like its wiggly enough, he might ask you to schedule another appointment with him around a week or so later.

Come back at the agreed time. According to my own experiences, the doctors will either do one of two things: 1), he'll apply some numbing gel to the gum directly above/below the loose tooth, or 2), he'll inject the gums around the area of the tooth will a nerve freezing agent. He'll probably discuss the type of freezing agent or the numbing gel with you beforehand, and get your approval, so you won't have to worry about that.

If it's been two weeks since the tooth got really wiggly and it still hasn't fallen out yet, the dentist will probably just pull it out there.

The dentist will use a pair of dental tweezers, which are always properly sanitized. Gripping the edge of the seat will probably help as well. He'll first latch onto the tooth, then twist it, and pull it out, all within 2 seconds. Remember: Your child's gums aren't feeling anything, so don't worry about any pain.

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