What to Do When Your Child’s First Tooth Falls Off



Every child and parent reacts to the first tooth loss differently; some are excited for the tooth fairy’s visit, whereas others worry about the pain or experience. However, when your child loses their first teeth, it means adult teeth are officially on the way. Your little one will eventually lose their baby teeth, which is a rite of passage in the process of growing up. Luckily, losing baby teeth is usually not too painful for kids. Hence, when explaining this natural process, you don’t need to put a lot of emphasis on the pain. Instead, you should celebrate it as an achievement with your child. According to dental statistics, six years of age is the optimal time for baby teeth falling out.


However, there are some tips that you must know about the correct treatment of exposed gums and the maintenance of oral health care for your child.


Clean the Gums

First and foremost, ensure blood or excessive blood clots are not covering your child’s gums. You should use a sterile cloth or gauze to wipe your child’s gums after losing their teeth. Furthermore, keep the area sterilized by having your child rinse their mouth using saltwater. Remember, the child may panic after seeing blood oozing from their mouth after losing their first tooth. If this happens, be ready to soothe your child. Follow this by asking them to rinse and wipe their gums. The bleeding should stop in a short period. If it persists, call or visit your dentist.


Use a Mild Anesthetic

If your child is experiencing difficulty tolerating the pain, you may administer a mild anesthetic that does not require a prescription. You will be able to relieve this minor pain that occurs after the bleeding has stopped. You should consult your child’s dentist if the pain continues.


Avoid Brushing of Socket

Permanent teeth start to emerge around two weeks after all the baby teeth have fallen out. Care needs to be taken in this area since it may be sore at first and prone to irritation even by a toothbrush with soft bristles. Rather than causing pain in their sockets through brushing, tell them to brush other teeth properly while avoiding the toothless socket and the teeth close it until it heals. If oral hygiene is not well maintained, it will cause problems in the development of permanent teeth. Hence, you need to teach your kids about the importance of oral health care and how to brush carefully during this period.


Treat the Swelling

You can help your child manage the pain and the swelling by giving a dose of children’s ibuprofen. It will help reduce inflammation in the swollen area. Tell your children not to wiggle the loose teeth or the tender area after the teeth fall off.


The best way to get through this growing pain is to take proper care and be prepared for any unexpected, prolonged pain!

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