When a Baby Tooth Is Loose, Should You Help Your Child Pull It?
Every parent of a school-aged child can relate to this scenario. Your child is walking around playing with a tooth that is loose. He wiggles it back and forth and shows it to everyone who will look. But at some point, he gets restless and wants it out. It becomes a source of frustration. You’re tempted to jump in there and help by pulling it out yourself, but is that really such a good idea?
Why Its Best to Let Nature Take Its Course
The short answer is no. If a tooth needs to be pulled, that should be left to a dentist. If a baby tooth is loose and ready to come out soon, it should come out on its own within the next few days. Here are a few reasons to avoid helping the process along.
- Pulling the tooth before it’s ready may result in unnecessary bleeding, pain, or infection.
- Your child will probably get it out on his own after wiggling it for a few days.
- The tooth isn’t a choking hazard, so there’s no need to worry about it getting swallowed.
The fact is that around age 5 or 6, your child will begin losing baby teeth to make room for permanent teeth. This is a natural process and shouldn’t require any grown-up assistance. However, if you feel something is wrong because a tooth that should be coming out is lingering, don’t be afraid to call us at BRSH+FLSS.
Experienced Pediatric Dentistry When You Need It Most
While our focus is always on prevention of tooth and gum problems, we also provide necessary restorative and cosmetic care for the teeth of children. So if an extraction is necessary, our specially trained pediatric dentists can handle the matter in a way that will help your little one to be happy in the dentist’s chair. Please call 619-741-1500 to learn more about how we can maintain your child’s smile.