Baby teeth are something that every gets to experience losing as a child. There are many teeth that you will lose throughout the first 10-11 years of your life. While most of these will just end up falling out as the adult tooth starts to emerge, there are some that need a little bit more coaxing to get them to fall out. If baby teeth don’t fall out when they’re supposed to, it can lead to problems. Smile Reef is here to talk about what happens when baby teeth don’t fall out the way that they are supposed to naturally.

Problems Due to Baby Teeth Not Falling Out

Some people have baby teeth that don’t fall out normally or at all. When this happens, it can cause some significant problems if it isn’t dealt with. There are dental complications that can arise when baby teeth aren’t removed, and people keep them into adulthood. Here are a few of the issues that people can experience:
– Cavities
– Infections in and around the gum line
– An abscessed tooth
– Disruption of emerging adult teeth
– Crooked teeth
– Periodontal disease
– Bite issues

Tips for Loosening a Stubborn Baby Tooth

Every now and then, you might have a child that has a baby tooth that is being stubborn and doesn’t want to fall out. There are some things that parents can do to help you get these stubborn baby teeth out of your child’s mouth.
– Wiggle It Often: If you have run into a stubborn baby tooth in your child’s mouth, there is a good chance it simply isn’t ready to come out. However, you can encourage it to move along when you wiggle it on a regular basis. Your child can use their tongue to try and wiggle it. Some kids prefer to grab it with their fingers and move it from side to side to help it loosen up.
– Eat Crunchy Food: There are several different crunchy foods that can help encourage a baby tooth to loosen and fall out. The most popular choice would probably be an apple. Carrot sticks, pretzel sticks, and other hands foods can also help move things along.
– Visit a Pediatric Dentist: When you feel like you have exhausted all of your options to help a baby tooth wiggle its way out of your child’s mouth to no avail, you can turn to your pediatric dentist to help give it the encouragement it needs to remove the tooth. Your pediatric dentist can take a look at the tooth and determine whether or not you need to have it extracted or simply give it more time.

Pediatric Dentistry

If your child has baby teeth that don’t seem to want to come out, or any other dental issue that needs to be addressed, you can turn to Smile Reef to take a look. We love kids and it is our goal to help every child have the healthiest mouth possible. Come in today!