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Removing Baby Teeth – What You Need to Know



Have you ever thought about what you should and should not be doing when you are trying to pull the kid’s teeth? Though the social media and YouTube are filled with videos about how to remove the stubborn baby teeth, those techniques are rarely safe.

If the child is frustrated by a loose baby tooth you must not imitate the bad ideas that you see online. If you do, then you may complicate your life much more than just what you thought. Consulting with a pediatric dentist is a much better option that you should consider if you really need assistance regarding the child’s loose tooth.

Your kid’s primary teeth usually fall out by the time your kid is about 6 or 7 years old. Your youngster will lose all her baby teeth gradually and they will be eventually replaced by the new permanent teeth.

If the baby tooth calls for a little coaxing to fall off and your kid needs help, then you can provide your little tyke with some more or less pain-less assistance through these tips. But before that you need to understand the tooth loss process a bit.

Process of Tooth Loss

The exact process through which the tooth comes in may not be known to us. But it occurs through the simple linear force. When, where and how the teeth come in are specifically inspired by the structure of the mouth and the jaw.

The baby teeth impact the path taken by the permanent teeth as they emerge. But they do not play any role in determining whether the individual tooth is maloccluded or impacted.

The roots of the corresponding baby tooth are dissolved when the permanent baby teeth emerge. As the tooth loosens in the gums, it can still retain a fairly deep anchor with roots that are slowly dissolving. This results in wiggly teeth that still remain stubbornly attached to the gums.

Last but not least, the connection inside the gums can seem to be quite tenacious in certain cases. But the tenacity makes sure that the tooth won’t rip out and create an opportunity for infection.

Instead, the relatively constant low-level stimulation caused by the natural curiosity of your kids and the mechanics of the mouth get the job done. This way the tooth eventually breaks free without causing any type of inflammation or excessive pain.

The stubborn baby teeth can either be a complex issue to be handled by the dentist or a non-issue that you can handle. Here are some steps to be followed for removing baby teeth. Just take a look.

Steps to Remove the Baby Teeth

  • Wash the hands with water and soap. Ask the child to open her mouth so that you can see and touch the tooth.

  • Give the child your opinion about whether the tooth is ready to come out on the basis of what is observed in the mouth. If the tooth appears to be significantly attached with the roots and does not seem loose enough to be removed easily when you should let your kid know that pulling it at this time can lead to bleeding and pain and that it is better to abandon pulling it now. Instead, she should keep wiggling the tooth.

  • You can also suggest some ways in which your kid can lose a tooth. Just encourage it to fall out. Brushing the teeth several times a day can be a great way for making the tooth lose. You can also suggest her to eat a crunchy apple for helping the tooth to become loose.

  • If the tooth seems loose enough like just hanging by the thread of root it is likely to come out within a few seconds of discomfort and bleeding. Make the tooth wiggle back and forth with a clean tissue or gauze ensuring the tooth to come out. If it is ready a little twisting will be called for and the tooth will pop out by itself.

  • Apply pressure on the gums with the help of clean gauze pad even if there is minor bleeding. Bleeding is supposed to stop after a few minutes.

  • Examine the gums to make sure that no baby tooth remains is stuck in that area. In most cases, the area will be clean and you can even see the top of the adult tooth. You should visit the kids dental care clinic of any part of the tooth is left behind.

  • Once the tooth is removed you should put it below the pillow and let it wait there for the tooth fairy to come.

  • If your kid complains of excessive pain or if you notice any kind of redness in that area then you should consult with your dentist immediately without wasting time.

Most of the baby teeth work their way out without any help. Though it takes some patience and extra work for reinforcing the good habits, these go a long way in ensuring that your child is able to retain great oral health and flaunt a beautiful smile for years together.

Iftekhar is a professional Digital Marketer and Health Blogger since many years and now he pens down his extensive knowledge that he gathered working as a dental professional to help and guide people who want to know more about their oral health.