When your kids reach milestones such as their first steps, learning to read, write, and ride a bike, you are always excited. Every milestone is celebrated, but what about when they lose their baby teeth? Is it something you should be concerned about? It may worry you as a parent when your child loses teeth, but it shouldn’t. All children lose their baby teeth at some point, and it’s a major milestone.
Losing baby teeth
A child’s baby teeth usually fall out at the age of six, but they can be delayed for up to one year. In order to make way for permanent teeth, your child’s baby teeth should loosen and fall out. This is an indication that your child is growing up. Most teeth fall out on their own, but if they have been hanging by a thread for weeks, your child may be able to wiggle them out. A child should be able to wiggle the tooth out on his or her own without pulling too hard.
How painful is it to lose baby teeth?
Losing baby teeth is not painful at all. It is possible, however, that he/she may experience pain as the molars come in. Some children complain of pain and swollen gums. In order to alleviate pain and discomfort, you can give your child some ibuprofen or analgesics. Due to missing teeth, it may be painful for your child to chew, but you should encourage him/her to eat. Pureed fruits or vegetable soup can be served to them as healthy soft foods.
When all of the baby teeth fall out, what should you do?
Losing baby teeth is normal and should not cause concern. You might see your child toothless for a few days or weeks, but when new teeth erupt, he or she will smile and grin again. As a parent, it is important to know what to do during the process of your child’s teeth falling out. If your child starts losing teeth, here are some things you should know:
Maintain proper oral hygiene. Make sure your child brushes his or her teeth twice a day. You can even help your child floss to make sure no food particles or debris are stuck between their teeth. As your child loses his/her baby teeth, oral care and hygiene should not stop.
Keep your child’s diet nutritious by giving them wholesome foods and snacks. Keep your child’s teeth healthy by limiting sugary and other unhealthy snacks.
Visit your children’s dentist regularly. Regular visits will ensure your child’s new set of teeth are growing in the right direction and are healthy.
When your child loses baby teeth, it’s a sign that he or she is growing up, something you should celebrate. Our children’s dental and orthodontics office is here to ensure your child has a healthy smile for life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.