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The tooth fairy is a welcome visitor when you lose a baby tooth. Who doesn’t get a thrill to discover a few coins, or paper money under your pillow? This thought can turn a potential distressing event into something fun for everyone. So, what can you do as a parent to help your child when a tooth is ready to come out?

Well, it’s good to know the exactly what is going on inside your child’s mouth. Your child has 20 primary teeth (aka baby teeth). The permanent teeth they will keep as an adult surface at around 6-years-old. They push through the gums while the baby teeth (aka primary teeth) become loose and begin to fall out. It’s normally at the age of thirteen before the process is finished.

As your child matures and the permanent teeth come in, resorption dissolves the roots of the primary teeth until your child notices that they wiggle. As all children do, they will fidget with it until the tooth breaks free.

If a child’s tooth is stubborn and won’t come out, let it remain until more of the root is dissolved. When it is ready, help your child pull it out if they are hesitant. There are various methods that parents have developed over time, but the quick and easy way is to simply use a dry piece of tissue or cloth for a firm grip and remove the tooth with a quick pull and twist.

If you or your child would like to speak to a dentist about a loose tooth, Dr. John Anderson would be happy to discuss it with you. Please contact Anderson Pediatric Dental & Orthodontics, Inc. to make an appointment at: 801-774-5437, or come by our office in Roy, Utah.