Should Parents Pull Kids’ Loose Baby Teeth?

Looking up into the faces of 5 elementary-aged kids huddled together smiling outside with missing or loose baby teeth

Say your little one has been messing with a loose baby tooth for a while now. After you’ve been watching them wiggle it day in and day out, you may be tempted to take matters into your own hands. So the question is: to pull or not to pull? At Helotes Family Dentistry, we strive to help parents know how to best care for their children’s dental health. Read on to learn how to handle your kiddo’s loose baby teeth!

Risk of Damage

In most loose tooth cases, you’re going to have to practice some self control as a parent. Interfering may leave you feeling relieved that the tooth is finally out, but it could also end up causing a number of other concerns. If you pull out a baby tooth before it’s ready, you run the risk of damaging your child’s gum tissue and sensitive tooth roots, which can cause pain and profuse bleeding. It can even open the door to infection. These consequences might be a little scary for your kid too. Patience, parents!

What We Recommend

The best plan of action is just let nature take its course. Encourage your child to gently wiggle their tooth with clean fingers or a tissue. As your child chews, bites, and wiggles the tooth on their own, it’ll help loosen the tooth until it is ready to fall out on its own. Overall, losing baby teeth should be an easy, painless process. But if your child begs you to remove their tooth, only pull it if the tooth easily gives with a gentle tug. You shouldn’t have to yank the tooth, especially with something like pliers or the dangerous string-attached-to-the-door trick.

Consult with Our Expert Team!

If you feel like your child’s tooth should have fallen out by now, check out this tooth timeline by the American Dental Association. And remember that it’s always better to consult with a dental professional before doing anything that could negatively affect your child’s oral health. We recommend you visit our Helotes dental office so our team can take a look. We’ll be able to determine if your child’s mouth is developing well, or if some sort of action needs to be taken. We can also answer any other questions you have about your child’s dental health, or your own oral care. Contact us today!

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