4 Tips to Pull a Loose Tooth Fast and Painlessly
Losing baby teeth is a significant milestone in your child’s life. Your little one's baby teeth will start to fall out around the age of 6 to pave the way for adult teeth. The first loose tooth is thrilling for some children because at that stage they’re restless to get free of all signs of babyhood. However, losing that first one is also scary because they don’t know what to expect when it comes out.
Here are 4 easy tips you can follow to help your child pull a loose tooth out:
- Continuous Tooth Wiggling
Urge your child to wiggle the tooth back and forth with their tongue or clean hands. If persistent wiggling does not produce any discomfort, they can continue with it throughout the day until the free tooth comes out.
- Wet Wash Cloth/Gauze
A cold, damp washcloth or a gauze piece can be used to grip the tooth and turn it to pull it out quickly. Freezing temperature creates less pain and discomfort during the actual tooth removal. Subsequently, the gauze or washcloth can be used to stop any occurrences of bleeding.
- Flossing Technique
It’s the most tried and trusted method of removing a loose baby tooth when it is loose yet won’t fall out on its own. Help your child position the floss in the middle of the loose tooth and its adjacent tooth. Applying a back and forth motion, try to twist the floss at the base of the loose tooth.
- Dentist Visit
If the loose tooth is not being removed easily and beginning to cause problems, you should take your child to the dentist and have them take out the tooth. They apply an anesthetic to make the technique painless for your child.
Use the tips mentioned above for painless removal of your child’s loose tooth or pay a visit to your dentist. Either way, the issue will be resolved, and the discomfort of waiting will be over soon.
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Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about having a loose baby tooth.
Is It Fine to Pull a Loose Tooth Out?
Usually, the answer is no. No matter how tempting it may be to pull a loose tooth, you should avoid doing so and allow. If your child has a loose baby tooth, the root will dissolve naturally, making way for the tooth to fall out on its own.
When Should You Consider Pulling a Baby Tooth?
There are some known ways to pull a loose baby tooth gently. However, before doing so make sure the tooth is extremely loose or hanging from the socket. You should also make sure that your child shouldn’t feel any pain when you are trying to pull the tooth. If feel any pain, it means that the root hasn’t completely dissolved to make the tooth fall off safely.
What the Outcome of Pulling a Baby Tooth Out Too Soon?
If pulled out too early, a baby tooth can cause excessive bleeding that might require a trip to the dentist. Losing a baby tooth before the permanent tooth beneath it is ready to emerge can also allow the nearby teeth to shift and occupy the vacant space. Then, the new adult tooth may have issues while developing or may grow in a crooked position.
How Can You Stop a Loose Tooth from Bleeding?
Dentists recommend using a cotton gauze, soaked in cold water to help control the bleeding. Keep the gauze over the bleeding spot and apply gentle pressure for a couple of minutes. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, get in touch with a dentist right away.
Will Pulling a Loose Tooth End the Pain?
When it’s time for your child to lose a baby tooth, they may experience some discomfort or pain because the gums may be swollen. The pain and soreness can occur for a few minutes. If the pain continues, your child may have an infection and needs to be seen by a dentist as soon as possible.
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