So your child started losing baby teeth. That’s great! It means they’re well on their way in development. And for the most part, you won’t need to intervene too much. As your child’s permanent teeth begin to grow and push out, their baby teeth lose their roots, making it easier for them to dislodge by themselves. Despite the relative ease, however, there are still some things parents can do to make the transition easier. That said, what do you do when your child loses their baby teeth?
For one, make sure that they’re in good health when they fall off. Some parents might be tempted to skip out on the dental appointments or treatments while their kids have a full set of baby teeth. After all, it can seem a little counterintuitive to fix a tooth that’s supposed to fall off anyway. But as we’ve learned, the health of your child’s baby teeth is crucial to the development of their permanent teeth. What happens before and after their teeth fall off, then, is vital to their adult dental health.
Here, then, is what to do when your child loses their baby teeth:
Make sure they fall at the right time
Just as baby teeth develop in a specific arrangement, so do they fall off the same way. Certain conditions can loosen them prematurely, however, such as periodontal issues and other dental ailments. And if a tooth falls off before they’re supposed to, this can cause crowding problems for your permanent teeth.
The first step, then, is to monitor which teeth are beginning to come loose, and when. Your children typically develop teeth from the front to the back when they teethe and lose it the same way. Children whose teeth erupt earlier also tend to lose them earlier as well, so you might want to keep track of the age they begin developing teeth.
That said, what can you do to make sure they fall off on schedule? For one, make sure their teeth are strong and healthy. The best way to do this, of course, is to focus on their oral care. Aside from keeping up with their oral hygiene, having them eat healthy food for teeth is also a great way to simultaneously build up their teeth while preventing further instances of cavities.
Regularly check in with their pediatric dentist
As your child’s baby teeth loosen, a trip to the pediatric dentist becomes your best friend. During these sessions, your child’s dentist can take X-rays of the teeth to see whether their permanent teeth normally form. If their dentist catches an anomaly, they can quickly fix it up before the problem worsens.
Trips to the pediatric dentist can also be an opportunity to soothe any worries your child might have as their tooth gets wobblier. During this time, they might opt to ask their dentist questions about what might be happening to their teeth. They can check if a tooth is loose enough to take out, or whether they should still keep it in. And if they feel a slight discomfort as the teeth grow out, their dentist may prescribe techniques that could help soothe your child.