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Saying Goodbye to Baby Teeth: A Milestone for Your Child

At Fort Dental Kids Dentistry, we understand that losing baby teeth is a significant milestone for both children and parents. As per the American Dental Association (ADA), children typically start losing their baby teeth around the ages of 6 to 7, with the final ones making their exit around 12 years old. This journey of tooth loss can be both thrilling and nerve-wracking, but fear not, we’re here to guide you through it!

Pulling Loose Baby Teeth: What You Need to Know

By the time a baby tooth becomes loose, it’s held in place by only a small amount of tissue, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). If your little one is eager to assist in the process, they may wiggle it out themselves, but if they seek your help, remember these dos and don’ts:

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Post-Pulling Care: Nurturing Healthy Habits

After the tooth fairy has made her visit, it’s essential to reassure your child that losing baby teeth is entirely normal. Encourage them to maintain good dental hygiene habits, including brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, with your guidance if necessary. Remember to be gentle around the area where the tooth was lost, as it may be sensitive.

When to Seek Professional Help

While it’s okay to assist with a loose baby tooth, the same cannot be said for adult teeth. Unlike baby teeth, adult teeth should never be pulled at home. If you notice a loose adult tooth, it could indicate an underlying oral condition or injury that requires professional attention. Look out for symptoms such as red, swollen gums, bleeding, or bad breath, and promptly schedule a visit to our office for evaluation.

Trust the Experts at Fort Dental Kids Dentistry

At Fort Dental Kids Dentistry, we’re dedicated to ensuring your child’s dental health every step of the way. If you have any questions or concerns about pulling baby teeth or maintaining healthy smiles, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. Together, we’ll make sure your child’s dental journey is a smooth and joyful one!