It’s time to add “tooth fairy” to your resume! Your child is telling you their tooth is loose and you know a long process has begun. While this may be new to both you and your child, this is an exciting stage in your child’s life and helping them through the process is quite simple. Dr. Tris John Carta has shared his expertise as a Manchester, CT, dentist to answer your pressing questions.
Why Do Baby Teeth Fall Out?
Chances are you still remember the painful teething process your baby went through as 20 brand-new teeth pushed through the gums. These baby teeth serve an important purpose for young children, as the jaw is far too small for mature teeth. The baby teeth guide the new permanent teeth into place. As the permanent teeth push out, the baby teeth will loosen and fall out.
What Should You Expect?
The first tooth will likely fall out between ages 6 and 7. Some kids start as early as age 4. The first baby teeth to appear will be the first to fall out. This is most often the front bottom teeth.
What Should You Do?
You can encourage your child to gently wiggle the loose tooth, but it’s important to allow it to fall out on its own schedule. Do not try to pull it out before it’s ready. Teeth cleaning is now more important than ever before. It’s especially crucial for your kid to focus on brushing the gum line to prevent infection. Pay close attention to any teeth you know are loose so you can track their progress.
If you have any questions about your child’s needs, now is the time to talk to your dentist. Dr. Carta, as an experienced kids’ dentist, can help you support your child while maintaining their dental health. Call (860) 646-2251 or visit his practice online to schedule an appointment so you can focus on enjoying this exciting time with your child.