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As you know, most parents don’t want to see their child in pain. In fact, many parents struggle to see their parents in any pain at all, regardless of how uncomfortable they are. Similarly, most parents wouldn’t intentionally do anything detrimental to their child’s health. With that in mind, what would you do if your child’s tooth falls out? Should you pull it yourself or wait for it to fall out on your own mouth. Also, can pulling our child’s teeth be painful?

In reality, there are a few things you should know about what happens when your child’s first tooth is loose. First, if your child’s teeth are loose, their adult teeth have started to grow. When this happens, the roots of your child’s teeth will start to get reabsorbed. Since the baby tooth’s roots are gone, they will be anchored by a small amount of tissue. Once this happens, your child’s tooth will start to wiggle.

At this point, you’ll have to decide whether you should pull the tooth or not. Typically, the better choice is to wait because, even if your child’s tooth is wiggling, there may be some root remaining. Once that root is reabsorbed, the root should come out with little or no pain. However, you can have your child use their tongue to see how loose the tooth is.

If your child does have a loose tooth, make sure it isn’t loose because of trauma or injury. As you know, kids can occasionally knock a tooth loose while playing or if they fall too hard.

If your child does loose a tooth prematurely, or if a tooth doesn’t fall out after it’s been loose for some time, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at All Kids Dental Pediatrics & Orthodontics by calling 970-928-9500. Dr. Casey W. Johnson, Matthew J. Burt, & Paul H. Allen and our team will answer any of your questions or analyze your child’s teeth to keep their smile healthy and strong. We look forward to hearing from you!