When a child first loses a tooth, it can be very exciting. Not only will he or she get a visit from the Tooth Fairy, but this is also one of the signs of becoming a ‘Big Kid.’ While most kids are excited about losing teeth, many parents have questions regarding what to expect when their child loses a tooth. There is rarely a problem associated with losing teeth, but there are a few potential issues you can keep an eye out for.
Your children will begin losing teeth between the ages of five and seven years old. This may happen a little earlier or a little later, that’s ok too. Your child will continue to lose teeth until he or she reaches the age of twelve or thirteen.
The most important thing to remember when your child begins to have loosening teeth is to allow the teeth to fall out naturally. Avoid forcing or pulling a tooth out of place as this can break the tooth or cause damage to the roots. In the event that the tooth is only being held in by a small piece of gum tissue, you can gently remove it with a piece of sterile gauze.
Most teeth are lost without incident, but there is a chance of infection when losing a tooth. This is because the sharp edges of the tooth can cut the gums. If this happens, you can use a topical antiseptic gel to avoid infection. However, if you’re concerned about a major infection, please contact our office as quickly as possible.
For more information on what to expect when your child loses a tooth, or to schedule an appointment at our Firestone, CO office, please contact Firestone Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics today.