Do you remember how you felt when you lost your first tooth? Were you excited or nervous and anxious? Children react to this milestone in many different ways, and if you are a parent, we encourage you to talk with your children to calm any fears they have and explain that this process is a normal part of growing up.
If your children are nervous, try to motivate them about the idea of becoming older and offer incentives that will excite them. Some ideas to make it more exciting are to explain that the Tooth Fairy will leave money under their pillow, or to promise a treat such as ice cream after the tooth falls out.
When you chat with your children about their loose teeth, encourage them to wiggle the teeth out on their own. Make sure they don’t try to force them out in other ways. It is important not to force the tooth out or use the method of tying a string to the door to yank it out, because this could cause damage to the gums if the roots break off.
Your children may try to avoid brushing their teeth or eating healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables while they have loose teeth. It is important that they maintain healthy diet and dental habits even while they are undergoing the process of losing teeth.
If it takes your child is a bit slower to lose his or her first tooth, you might want to talk to them and make sure they don’t feel left out or weird since they might be among the last ones to undergo this process. Explain to them that eventually the teeth will begin to fall out, and being different isn’t bad. If your child is past the age of seven and hasn’t began to baby teeth yet, there is likely no reason for worry, but we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our office to make sure everything is healthy.