Considerations If You Pull Baby Teeth

IS THIS SOME KIND OF GOOFY, NEWFOUND NARCISSISM OR PARENTAL EXHIBITIONISM we are seeing as a result of today’s “viral video” craze? Whatever it is, ridiculous videos at a child’s expense are becoming too common. Should parents subject their kids to these absurd tooth-yanking antics for publicity?

Here at Orthodontics Limited, we don’t do very much teeth pulling. But we think this is an important and useful topic for all parents.

If YOU have children this age losing baby teeth, do you ever ask yourself if you should let them fall out naturally, let the child pull them, or just pull them yourself?

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Of course, in the end, the decision is yours. You’re the parent. However, we offer the following 5 considerations as you try to make these decisions in your family:

  1. Dentists today (for the most part) offer parents the following advice… DON’T pull your children’s teeth out. You can encourage them to pull them out themselves by wiggling their tooth with their fingers or their tongue. This is primarily because only your child knows for sure how loose a tooth really is—and how attached it really is! They also know how much discomfort they’re able and willing to take.
  2. If your kid has waited long enough to pull it out, there shouldn’t be much bleeding—pack a small piece of wet gauze and hold pressure for a few minutes.
  3. There are times, as a permanent tooth pushes the baby tooth out, the new tooth will push the baby tooth in an unusual direction forward that effects the gums. If that happens, and you have a questions about it, contact your dentist. It may be best to have them help pull the tooth. This is actually quite rare.
  4. Sometimes the tooth may come out unexpectedly by waiting longer, when your child is eating. Although not usual, the tooth can be swallowed. Don’t worry! It’s very unlikely that he or she will choke on it. The tooth fairy may be a little bit disappointed, but a swallowed tooth is not harmful.
  5. We have heard of some parents offering their child a fresh, crisp, delicious apple! If the tooth is loose enough, it will likely come out.

So, there you go! Thoughts from our office about your children and losing their baby teeth. One thing for sure…Don’t go for your YouTube “fifteen minutes of fame” by risking harm to your child. First, it’s NOT likely to make you famous. Second, it’s just kinda dumb. And third, it’s NOT worth it if your child has a bad experience.

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Thank you again for being our valued patients and friends.

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