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Should You Pull Your Child's Loose Tooth?

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If your child is about to lose one of their baby teeth, you might feel tempted to help move the process on a little bit. What’s the harm when it’s just going to fall out anyway? We’ve seen it time and time again from parents who think they’re doing their child a favor by accelerating the process a bit. The truth is, it’s far better for your child’s health if you don’t try to take matters into your own hands with force.

The Problem with Pulling a Loose Baby Tooth

The best you can do as a parent when your child has a loose tooth is let nature take its course. If you try to pull a tooth before it’s ready to come out, you can cause your child unncessary pain and trauma. Tooth roots and gum tissue are sensitive, which means pulling a baby tooth too soon can result in significiant pain and bleeding.

What to Do Instead

While pulling your child’s tooth isn’t recommended, there are still ways you can help speed things along. Encourage your child to gently and regularly wiggle their tooth with clean fingers, their tongue, or a tissue. You can also give them healthy, crunchy snacks like apple slices or carrot sticks to help dislodge the tooth.

Consult with Our Team at Amber Hills Dental!

If you feel like it’s taking too long for a baby tooth to fall out, or you think something else is wrong, your best course of action is to consult our friendly team at Amber Hills Dental. We’ll be able to identify any problem areas and determine what to do next.

If you need any help managing your child’s dental health, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Amber Hills Dental. We are proud to provide kids’ dentistry at our family-friendly office. We would be delightred to answer any questions you might have. Contact us today!