What To Do When Your Child Loses a Tooth

What To Do When Your Child Loses a Tooth

Losing your baby teeth is a natural situation that everyone will experience at some point in their life. Some kids may be excited to see what the tooth fairy will bring while others may feel overwhelmed about the process. Either way, there are a few things you can do to comfort your child when they lose a baby tooth!

How To Comfort Your Child

The first thing you should do when your child loses a tooth is clean the area with a soft wash cloth or gauze. In addition, our friends at Colgate recommend having “your child rinse with salt water to keep the area sterilized (it may be unpleasant, but well worth it).” After your child is done with the rinse, place a cool tea bag or gauze where the tooth used to be. Any bleeding should stop within 10 minutes, but if it doesn’t, please don’t hesitate to call one of our Kids Dental Group locations or email us here.

If your child is experiencing any irritation after losing their tooth, we recommend giving them a dose of a children’s analgesic if required. This will help reduce the inflammation so they can get a good night sleep and get a visit from the tooth fairy! We also recommended that your child avoids brushing the socket for at least 24 hours while the area heals.

When Will My Child Start To Lose Their Baby Teeth? 

At around 8 to 10 months of age, your child will start to erupt their first baby teeth. By the time they are 27 to 29 months of age, they should have or be close to having all 20 of their baby teeth. These teeth will normally start to fall out around 6-years-old and be replaced by permanent teeth by the time your child is 10-year-old.

According to the Canadian Association of Orthodontists, “you may see two or more years difference in the timing of dental development between girls and boys of the same age, with girls developing earlier.” However, it’s important to remember that every child varies when it comes to dental development and it’s completely normal to have early or late oral development.

Take Your Child To A Kids Dental Group Location! 

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