Should I pull out my child’s loose tooth?

If you have children, you’ve probably witnessed (a sometimes grisly) wobbly tooth or two! When the tooth is hanging by a thread, it’s hard to know whether you should pull it out for them or not. Do you help it free or do you let nature take its natural course and let it fall out on its own? 

At The Practice, we specialise in children’s dentistry and have years of experience working with children’s teeth. Let’s take a deeper look at what’s going on with wobbly teeth so you can gain a greater understanding of the process. 

Children’s tooth loss

In most cases, a loose tooth is a natural part of your child’s dental development. Primary teeth, or baby teeth, become loose as permanent teeth start to emerge. 

We normally recommend that you don’t attempt to pull out a tooth prematurely, as it can potentially lead to unnecessary pain or complications. In children’s dentistry, our focus is on ensuring a smooth transition from primary to permanent teeth while prioritising their comfort and well-being.

In most cases, as grisly as a loose tooth may look, it will fall out without any help from you. It may happen when your little one is eating, so ensure they are aware, in some cases the tooth may even be swallowed. 

Other types of children’s dentistry at The Practice 

At The Practice Dental, we offer a comprehensive range of treatments designed to address various aspects of children’s dentistry, promoting oral health and well-being. 

MYOBRACE: MYOBRACE is a revolutionary treatment designed to address orthodontic issues in children. It focuses on correcting poor oral habits, such as incorrect tongue posture and mouth breathing, to guide natural dental development and potentially reduce the need for braces later in life.

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Fissure Sealants: Fissure sealants are a preventive measure to protect your child’s teeth from decay. Applied as a thin coating to the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars, these sealants act as a barrier, preventing the accumulation of plaque and food particles in the grooves of the teeth.

Read more, All you need to know about fissure sealants

Mouthguards: Active children involved in sports or recreational activities can benefit from custom-fitted mouthguards. These devices offer protection against dental injuries by providing a cushioning barrier for the teeth and jaws.

Read more in our blog article, The importance of mouthguards for Bruxism

How to choose a children’s dentist

Choosing a children’s dentist is a big decision that can set the foundation for a child’s lifelong attitude toward dental care. At The Practice, we understand the importance of creating a positive and comfortable experience for our youngest patients. Our dedicated team of children’s dentists is highly trained and possesses the warmth and patience needed to make each visit enjoyable for children.

When selecting a children’s dentist, it’s crucial to consider an environment that is welcoming and child-friendly. At The Practice, our dental offices are designed with the comfort of children in mind, with a dedicated children’s area to keep them occupied while you wait for their appointment. Our team knows how to create a nurturing environment where children feel at ease, helping them foster a positive association with dental care from an early age.

Contact The Practice if you have concerns  

When it comes to a loose tooth, patience is often the best approach. However, if you have concerns or questions about your child’s dental development, our dentists in West End are here to provide expert help and guidance. Book online today!

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