Many of us remember waking up early in the morning and feeling around for that quarter or dollar under the pillow after losing our tooth. It’s not only an important part of childhood, but also tooth development.
It’s natural for children to lose their teeth through the years, but what’s normal and what should you do about it?
Normal Tooth Loss vs. Premature Tooth Loss
Tooth loss is a normal part of childhood and typically occurs when the adult teeth start pushing through the guns. This loosens the baby teeth and they’re on their way freedom.
The teeth usually come out in around the same way they came in. It starts with the front teeth and works its way back past the canines to the molars. If the teeth fall out of order or before the adult teeth begin coming in, then you might want to take them to the dentist.
Premature tooth loss caused by cavities or injury can have an impact on the growth and development of future teeth.
To Pull or Not to Pull
We’ve all heard stories of people tying strings to teeth and shutting the door to get a tooth out, but intentionally pulling a tooth isn’t necessary. Children will naturally play and wiggle the tooth until the pops out. Also, the adult teeth are coming in to help it along.
The problem with pulling a tooth is hurts. You’re creating trauma to tissues that don’t need to happen. It’s common for loose teeth to have some discomfort, but ripping it out by the roots can be very painful, especially for smaller children.
Should I Visit the Dentist?
It’s important that your children see a dentist every 6 month, but there are few reasons to set up an appointment because of natural tooth loss. The dentist will notice lost or loose teeth during his regular exam and address any concerns at that time.
If there are any issues with the teeth such as teeth coming in crooked, teeth not coming out or extreme pain associated with the tooth, then a dental visit is appropriate.
Whether you choose to leave a few dollars (going rate for a single tooth is averaged at $4) under the pillow or not, the teeth are coming out. It can be stressful both you and the child, but it’s a normal part of growing up
If you have any worries or concerns about your child’s tooth loss or any dental issues, then feel free to contact us.