There are so many milestones that parents look forward to with their kids. Learning to roll over, sit, crawl, and walk are some of the very first milestones that your child will hit. After that there are new things that pop up throughout their life that you will be looking forward to as a parent. Here at Smile Reef we love hearing about some of the milestones that relate to your child’s teeth. Two important milestones are when your child gets their first tooth and when they lose their first tooth. Many times parents will call us and ask us about losing teeth. We have put together some fun information for you to learn about today.

What Age Does a Kid Lose Baby Teeth?

The first thing that most people want to know is when they can expect their children to start losing their teeth. Most children will start to lose their teeth around the ages of six or seven years old. If your child started getting their teeth earlier than normal they will likely start to lose their teeth early as well. The same is true if your child started getting their teeth late. You should not worry if your child does not start losing teeth at the average age though. It does not really matter when they start to lose them. Eventually all kids will lose their teeth just as they are supposed to.

How to Help a Child Prepare for Losing a Teeth

When your child gets a loose tooth it is a good idea to talk to them about what will happen when they lose their first tooth. You will want to tell them that losing their teeth is exciting. Some kids freak out when they lose a tooth because they think it is a problem. If they know that it is normal this will help them not be afraid. You will also want to let them know that there will be a little bit of blood when they their tooth falls out. Many kids freak out when they see blood so it is good to prepare them ahead of time for that. Not only will you want to let your child know what happens when they lose their tooth, you will also want to prepare them for what happens afterwards. Let them know that they will have a gap between their teeth until their adult tooth grows in. Over time their adult tooth will grow in. Tell them what it will look and feel like when this happens. You will also want to teach them about the importance of taking care of their adult teeth. Kids need to know that they only get one set of adult teeth and if they do not treat them with care they will lose them for good.

How to Pull Out a Loose Tooth

Your child may ask you how they can get their tooth to fall out. First you will want to tell them that the tooth must be loose first. No amount of trying will get a tooth that is not ready to fall out. Tell your kids that they will want to wash their hands before trying to wiggle their tooth once it is loose. They will want to wiggle it back and forth. Many times kids will only wiggle their tooth one way. If they do not wiggle their tooth both ways it will not come out as soon. Once their tooth comes out they can put their tooth under their pillow for the tooth fairy to come. If they experience pain the day after they lose a tooth you will want to schedule an appointment here at Smile Reef. We can check and make sure that the area is not infected.

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Smile Reef hope that this information helped you know how to prepare your child for losing their first tooth. If you would like us to talk to them as well let us know at your next appointment!