Tackling the inevitable emotional roller-coaster of dealing with your child’s loose baby teeth isn’t always easy, so here are a few things that you might want to keep in mind when helping them cope with any loose-baby-teeth-related issues.
1. Swallowing a baby tooth actually isn’t the biggest deal in the world.
Many parents are so worried about their kid accidentally swallowing a baby tooth that they feel like it would be safer to just help their child pull the loose baby tooth out. But rest assured that swallowing baby teeth is fairly common and it is very unlikely that doing so would cause your child any harm.
However, prematurely pulling baby teeth (especially if it is still attached to the roots) can lead to infection, unnecessary pain and bleeding.
Do your best to just wait it out.
2. Providing them with safer ways to speed along the process is probably a good idea.
Kids can be super impatient, especially when it comes to brag-worthy milestones like losing teeth and even if you throw your hands up and refuse to help them remove their loose baby tooth, they may keep on coming up with not-so-safe ways to speed along the loosening-already-lose-baby-teeth process.
So, if your child is desperate for a way to expedite the process, call your dentist and ask whether they have any suggestions, such as adding in extra tooth brushing sessions or snacking on apples.
3. Be sure to explain the significance of losing baby teeth.
Explain to your child that the loss of baby teeth is an exciting and positive thing! Be honest about the fact that it can be a bit uncomfortable at times, but try not to harp on the fact that it can be painful. Emphasize that they are growing up and that you are there for them.
You can also point out that the “Tooth Fairy” will be coming their way sooner than later, which will probably be their favorite part of the entire conversation.
Pstt! If your child has yet to lose a tooth by age seven or so, you might want to make an appointment with your child’s dentist. Odds are that they are just a late tooth bloomer, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!