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Extracting Your Kids’ Loose Milk Teeth

You probably remember the first time you had a loose tooth. I was quite uneasy and a little confused myself for one. Accidentally swallowing them somehow might have also crossed your mind at some point, and you might have felt anxious about how much it could hurt if you decide to pull it out.

How To Know If It’s Ready For Extraction

If your child’s tooth is coming loose, it is an obvious indication that it is ready for extraction. However, there are several reasons why a tooth comes loose. For one, it could mean that a permanent tooth is coming out. In this case, the root of the milk tooth has started to dissolve to make way for the new tooth underneath. 

A loose tooth could also be a result of trauma, or even from an infected tooth, both would require more attention from a dental practitioner than the former.

A loose deciduous (milk) tooth as a result of a growing permanent tooth, is not an emergency. After some time, the tooth will come out on its own with minimal intervention. It literally could be wiggled out of your kids’ gums once it’s ready and there will be little blood and pain.

If your child complains about pain and an extended period of inconvenience from the tooth, it is best to visit the nearest dental professional.

Should You Do It On Your Own?

You should avoid pulling out a tooth that is not ready to come out, as it may cause unnecessary pain on its sensitive roots. Give it some time and observe how the tooth is coming along after a few days.

Try talking to your child and assess how much discomfort they are feeling about their loose tooth. If a permanent tooth happens to be growing, chances are your kid can try wiggling it with their tongue gently and it would come off with minimal pain.

Don’t be anxious about your kid swallowing the loose tooth as it would safely pass through without any problem.

If you think your child can handle it, then you can assist them in pulling out their tooth. There have been a lot of creative ways to extract teeth, many include tying a knot on it and having something pull it out quickly.

There are risks involved with extracting your kids’ teeth on your own, so if you’re not confident, try to seek the help of a qualified healthcare professional.

How would you do it

Once you’re sure that it’s ready to come out, it’s a good time to educate your kid about oral health. Give them facts that will ease their anxiety of taking out their tooth.

To avoid infections, make sure that your hands are clean if you choose to do it this way or use a sterile dental floss to tie it to. Also, when using your hands use a clean glove or even a paper towel or clean cloth. Gently but quickly, pull it out vertically. There may be a little blood, but they can gargle with saline solution to help a little.

Though you have this as an option, it is best to let it come off naturally, or seek help from your trusted oral care professional.