Most children lose their first baby tooth around the age of six. There are no hard-and-fast rules to that, of course. Some kids lose baby teeth earlier, some later. Whatever age, it’s a milestone in growing up. At Summer Kids Dental in Las Vegas, we can help.
It’s a curious fact that baby teeth tend to fall out in the same order they first grew in. Most often, the two bottom front teeth are the first to get loose and then fall out. It can take up to a couple of months for the tooth to finally come out, after you first notice it’s getting loose. It usually does not take that long. Biologically, the length of time has to do with the root of the baby tooth dissolving. Realistically, it also has to do with how much your little one wiggles it.
It doesn’t usualy hurt when a tooth falls out. The excitement of knowing the tooth fairy is on the way may diminish any any discomfort. Still, there may be a little bleeding, so it’s a good idea to have your child gargle some warm water. You can also wash the area with a soft, clean cloth, much like you did during infancy. They can still brush, but remind them to be extra careful around the socket where the tooth came out.
Once the tooth fairy has come and gone, your child can begin to focus on getting their new adult tooth. The baby teeth still need plenty of attention, and this is an excellent time to reinforce the lessons of good dental care. At Summer Kids Dental in Las Vegas, we provide pediatric dentistry, and like to see our young patients twice a year for early dental care. Schedule their next cleaning and checkup today.