My child has a loose baby tooth that won’t come out. Do I need to do anything?
If you can see the permanent tooth coming through and trying to push the baby tooth out of the way, it is a good idea to see your dentist. They will examine your child’s mouth and may take x-rays to work out whether the baby tooth is going to damage the adult tooth or cause problems with alignment.
Your dentist may recommend that the baby tooth be extracted to help the permanent tooth come through into the right position and without unnecessary contact with the baby tooth.
When will my child start losing their baby teeth?
Usually children usually lose their first baby tooth around age 5 or 6 years. However the timing can vary widely from one child to the next.
As baby teeth get ready to fall out, the developing adult teeth cause the roots of the baby teeth to dissolve. This is why children can wiggle the baby teeth loose with their tongues or fingers.
By the time the permanent tooth is ready to erupt, there is often only a little amount of tissue holding the baby tooth in place. That means, if your child wants you to pull out a loose baby tooth, they can by grasping it firmly with a clean tissue use a quick twisting motion to remove it.
If there is bleeding after the tooth has been removed, use a clean face washer or washcloth and apply gentle pressure to the site and the bleeding will stop.
Should I be flossing my child’s teeth?
Even from as young as four years of age, flossing once a day will remove plaque and food particles that aren’t able to be removed with brushing alone.
In families where teeth are highly susceptible to decay (or they have problems with plaque build up under the gum line) is hereditary, starting great dental habits early will help your child reduce their risks and avoid some of the unpleasant cleaning and dental treatments you have had to go through.