How many of us when we were kids had our parents tie a rope between a door and our tooth in order to rip out a loose tooth? Or maybe just the ol’ grip in rip using a handkerchief. Although we are still alive today, these ways may not necessarily be what is best for removing your children’s teeth when they are about ready to come out. Pulling out a tooth before it is ready can cause damage to your childs gum tissue and increase the possibility of infection and pain.
In addition, removing a tooth before the new tooth is ready can cause the new tooth to drift away from its original pathway causing mis-aligned teeth, overcrowded teeth or misplacement of the permanent teeth as they come through. Orthodontic work will almost always be necessary when baby teeth are removed too early and the permanent teeth are not ready.
Three Rivers Family Dentistry in Murfreesboro, TN provides compassionate pediatric care for children of all ages. Schedule an appointment to have Dr. Connolly help you with your children oral hygiene.
Best Practice For a Childs Loose Tooth
The best practice for a child’s loose tooth is summarized in a single word…Patience! Both the parent and the child need to practice patience during this time to ensure the baby tooth does not come out too early.
Allow your child to play with and gentle wiggle the loose tooth themselves. Children are naturally curious about loose teeth and will often play with it until it falls out on its own.
Parents are sometimes afraid that their child might swallow a tooth that’s ready to come out. If this happens – it’s ok! It’s highly unlikely that problems will occur as teeth are made of natural materials. And because their teeth are so small, it’s very unlikely your child could choke. The only downside may be disappointing the tooth fairy!
Remember: the more ready a tooth is to fall out on it’s own, the lesser the risk of bleeding, pain and risk of infection – leading to less trauma for your child. And we all want our children to be happy and healthy.
As always, regular dentist checkups are best for your children as their baby teeth begin to fall out and their permanent teeth come in. Give Three Rivers Family Dentistry a call or fill out our online form to request an appointment.
About Three Rivers Family Dentistry
Three Rivers Family Dentistry in Murfreesboro, TN is dedicated to quality care and compassion to all of our patients dental needs. Our staff of professionally trained dentists, dental hygienists, and office staff are here to serve you each and everyday with the most thorough dental services in middle TN. Dr. Mark Connolly has the experience and abilities to handle all of you and your families needs when it comes to dental and oral procedures. Our staff can help you with every day dental cleanings, implant restoration, periodontal services, dentures, root canals and more.
In addition, our dental practice is very friendly and welcomes families with children of all ages. We have an area for children to play and read in the waiting room area that your kids will love. We help to ensure the process of taking your children to the dentist is fun and caring so your children will learn to want to keep their teeth and overall oral hygiene clean.
We work with most insurance providers and will help you with any insurance claims that you may have. Our staff will handle all of the processing and forms to ensure that your insurance provider is up to date with the correct information.