One inevitable thing parents have to deal with is helping their babies remove baby teeth. However, some do it in a rough, forceful manner that leaves a traumatizing experience in the child’s mind. We don’t want you to create anxiety and fear in your kid when removing loose teeth. That’s why we’ve created this guide to help you understand more about baby teeth and how to remove them comfortably.
Why Do Baby Teeth Wiggle?
Typically, baby teeth start loosening at the age of six or seven, and they start in the order in which they erupted. That means the two front teeth at the lower jaw will be the first to loosen.
These teeth loosen as larger, adult teeth are pushing beneath them. The process can result in light bleeding and gum tenderness as the nerves and tissues of baby teeth are getting dissolved. To comfortably remove the teeth, you must allow the tooth to loosen before removing. At that point, kids will not experience much pain, and there will be minimal post-loss bleeding.
Tooth Loosening Due to Facial Trauma
Although the arrival of adult teeth is the main reason baby teeth wiggle, a child can have a wiggling tooth after a hard fall or heavy blow. If this happens, it’s essential to visit your dentist immediately. Don’t wait until the pain is too much, as this will traumatize the whole process of removing the injured tooth.
How to Make Oral Care Comfortable For Your Kid
How you initiate going for dental checkups with your kid can have a long-term impact on their view of the dentist. That’s why you shouldn’t forcibly remove loose teeth that are not ready. The traumatizing tooth removal process will instill fear and anxiety that may play a role in their failure to observe oral health care when they become adults.
You should make the whole process as comfortable for your kids as possible so they don’t dread sitting in the dentist’s chair.
Baby Teeth Help to Align Adult teeth
Primary teeth, popularly known as baby teeth, offer basic structures for adult teeth. If these structures are destroyed before time, they can alter teeth alignment and ultimately cause overbites.
That’s why you shouldn’t forcefully pull a kid’s teeth, as that can result in improper teeth alignment.
How to Pull Baby Teeth Correctly?
If your child has been complaining of loose teeth, you should act. An excellent way to do this is to wrap a clean piece of gauze around the tooth and gently wiggle it before pulling it slightly upwards. If they feel pain, that means there are still active nerves, and thus the tooth is not ready for removal. Also, if you notice excessive bleeding, it indicates a need to wait.
When baby teeth are ready for removal, they lift out of the gyms, offering easy removal grounds. Although uncomfortable for your kid, the process will be less painful and thus less traumatizing.
Keeping Your Kid’s Adult Teeth Healthy
After removing your kid’s primary teeth, the early tooth structures should be cared for as they are susceptible to infections and cavities. That’s why you should make sure there are no food leftovers in the gaps. Remind your kid to maintain good oral care.
Also, even when they have loose teeth that feel sore and tender, encourage them to brush and rinse their mouth with water or mouthwash after every meal. Food leftovers can get trapped under a loose tooth, thereby providing grounds for infections, cavities, and odors.
Making oral care comfortable for your kid will encourage them to follow the path even when they grow up.
If you are looking for a dentist, HPS Advanced Dental Care would love to see you. Dr. Heather is gladly accepting new patients.
We are located at 4741 24 Mile Rd. Shelby Township, MI 48316, and we can be reached at (248) 652-0024. We look forward to meeting you!