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Should I Pull My Child’s Loose Baby Tooth?

September 30, 2020 11:09 pm

Has your child been struggling with a baby tooth that simply won’t fall out? Maybe it’s even causing them pain and you wish the tooth would just be gone already. You figure that the tooth is meant to fall out anyway and be replaced by an adult tooth so there’s no harm in speeding things up, right? Well, it depends.

Here’s what you should know about pulling loose baby teeth:

The Best Course of Action

If your child is dealing with a loose tooth, the best thing you can do is let it come out naturally. If you attempt to yank out their tooth before it’s ready to fall out, you run the risk of damaging nearby gum tissue, opening the door to infection, and causing unnecessary dental trauma for your child.

We especially recommend avoiding “tricks” like tying the tooth to a doorknob and forcefully closing the door.

Instead, encourage your child to gently wiggle their loose tooth with a clean finger or a tissue to move things along. The tooth should eventually fall out.

If you are concerned that there’s something wrong with the baby tooth falling out in its own time, consult with our team. We’ll be able tell whether there’s any concern and whether any specific steps need to be taken, all while keeping your child’s health and safety as top priorities.

Your Child’s Dentist in San Antonio, TX

At Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics on Foster Road, we provide comprehensive kids’ dentistry with a gentle touch. We also have lots of patient amenities, including a play area, books, toys, tablets, video games, TVs in our treatment rooms, cozy blankets, a cavity-free club, and a treasure chest of prizes!

If you are looking for a dental practice in San Antonio, TX, that will help your child have a healthy smile in a fun, relaxed atmosphere led by a friendly team, then we invite you to schedule an appointment for your child at our practice!


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