One of the greatest transitions for a child that they can see for themselves is losing their tooth. The wide gaped toothed smile is a sign that they have upgraded from preschoolers to grade-schoolers. However, the task comes with its fair share of pain. removing teeth can be a traumatic experience for the kids if it is not handled well. While many choose to visit the dentist, many think its less costly to have it done at home. Here are some tips to help remove the mobile teeth from a dentist.
Exfoliative Mobility: Mobility to cause the exfoliation of primary teeth
As we all are aware, humans have been blessed with two sets of teeth for their life. The first set known as the primary or Deciduous or temporary erupt roughly at 6 months and are 20 in number, all erupt by the age of 3. At about six years the lower teeth is mobile, as the permanent set of teeth is now ready to take over. The 20 teeth fall off over time.
Mobility is caused by the pressure put by the permanent dentition on the roots of the primary tooth which causes them the roots to gently break down, get absorbed by the body. Without support from the roots, the teeth become mobile and fall out. While the average age for the beginning of the fallout of tooth is 6, 4-8 years is an accepted timeline for exfoliative mobility.
So here are some tips to make this phase less traumatic as possible:
- The best thing a parent can do is forewarn and Educate the child about what is going on. Having a wriggly tooth can confuse the child and worry them unnecessarily. They need to be educated that this is natural and their new teeth will replace the lost ones eventually. My 5-year-old had a meltdown thinking she wasn’t taking care of her teeth well, hence they were mobile. Empathize and Educate.
- A Parent should ensure that the tooth is either extremely loose or hanging from the socket before removing the tooth. Do not be in a hurry to pull out teeth that haven’t fully lost their root. Pulling out unresorbed teeth might lead to breaking off of the root, leaving the gap more susceptible to pooling bacteria which may cause infection.
- The other best thing a parent can do is to encourage your child to gently wiggle the tooth when it’s feeling loose and brush and eat as normally as possible. Use the tongue to force the wobbly teeth out.
- Dirty hands can also introduce harmful bacteria into the mouth. So, always wash your hand before wiggling the tooth out.
- While brushing use an up-and-down motion to rub each side of the loose tooth in order to make it fall out. Whereas, while flossing tries to curve the floss around the bottom of the loose tooth. If the tooth is ready, the floss will likely help it fall out.
- Simply eating a crunchy apple can also help loosen the tooth so it falls out painlessly!
- Wash your hand, use a sterilized gauze if possible to encircle the tooth. Initially use back and forth motion to loosen the tooth. If it’s ready, a little twisting will be necessary and the tooth will pop right out.
- Anticipate bleeding, don’t be alarmed unless the bleeding is non-stop. Check for any remaining tooth structure that might be left. If so, visit the dentist.
- In case of difficulty in removal, swollen gums, and extreme pain visit your dentist. Usually, a general dentist will suffice but in case your child is non-compliant you might want to consider a specialist, someone who can put them to ease.
- Relax and enjoy the toothless grin. Let the tooth fairy( the dentists) do the rest.