A pediatric dentist can help determine whether your child is on the right track with baby tooth loss. If it seems to be too early for a child to lose their first tooth, the first question your child’s pediatric dentist will ask you is whether your child has experienced any trauma affecting their mouth, such as a fall. Other reasons your child might lose their baby teeth early is if they have experienced tooth decay.
The order in which baby teeth fall out generally goes like this:
The two front bottom teeth
The two top front teeth (central incisors)
The next two on either side of the bottom jaw
The two top teeth adjacent to the central incisors (the lateral incisors)
The rest of the teeth, from cuspids to the molars, usually don’t fall out until age 12
How to Get Loose Baby Teeth Out
Generally, the teeth fall out while eating a meal or absentmindedly wiggling the loose tooth with their tongue. If you do want to pull a very loose tooth, wash your hands first, then use a clean piece of gauze to grab it. You should expect to see a little bit of blood. We do encourage kids and parents to help wiggle out those loose teeth, so there’s room for the permanent teeth to grow in. Not up to the task of removing your child’s baby teeth? Generally, a pediatric dentist or even your child’s school nurse would be willing to pull out the loose tooth or teeth.
Want to learn more about pediatric dentistry? Contact us at Adventure Dental and Orthodontics to set an appointment for your child’s dental checkup and cleaning. Call (661) 251-0200 today!