Losing baby teeth is an important milestone for children. You may remember the excitement, knowing that not only will you be receiving a visit from the Tooth Fairy, but that you were becoming a ‘big kid’. To help you and your child through this important phase in their growth, read our helpful tips below.
Let Nature Take its Course
Once your child’s teeth become loose, you may wonder whether the tooth needs to come out as soon as possible. However, baby teeth will often fall out painlessly without interference. Once a permanent tooth starts to come through, a baby tooth will loosen. The roots of the baby tooth will dissolve until the tooth eventually releases and comes out.
A loose tooth may remain in place for several months before it’s ready to fall out. Don’t try to force it. Encourage your child to wiggle it in place to loosen it. The myth of tying your tooth to the doorknob and slamming the door is a dangerous and painful idea. If a tooth is forced before it is ready, it could break and become infected.