Do you remember when you lost your first tooth? Were you nervous or were you excited? Although losing a tooth may not seem like a huge deal to adults, it is often an important moment in a child’s life. Losing the first tooth is a big milestone and children react in many different ways. If you are a parent, we encourage you to talk with your children to calm any fears they may have and explain that this process is a normal part of growing up.
We recommend that you encourage your children by telling them how exciting the new changes will be. When you are talking to your children, encourage them to wiggle the tooth out on their own, but not to force the tooth out or yank it out before it is ready. This could cause damage to the mouth because the roots can break off rather than having the tooth come out cleanly when it is ready.
Your children may want to avoid brushing their teeth or eating healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables while their teeth are loose. It is important for them to maintain a healthy diet and dental habits while they are undergoing the process of losing teeth.
If your child takes longer to lose his or her first tooth, you might want to talk to them to make sure they don’t feel left out or abnormal because all the other kids at school have lost teeth already. Eventually, the teeth will begin to fall out, and it isn’t a contest to see who loses their teeth first. If your child is past the age of seven and hasn’t began to lose their baby teeth, there probably isn’t any need for worry, but we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hargas to make sure everything is healthy.