Having a loose tooth can be scary and weird, but it is also exciting! When your baby teeth get loose, it means that your adult teeth are coming in. It also means that you can expect your first visit from the tooth fairy. If this is your first loose tooth, you may be wondering what to do and how to get ready for the tooth fairy. Here are some of the most popular questions answered by your fellow tooth specialist:
Why do baby teeth fall out?
Your baby teeth are placeholders for your adult teeth. When you are a child, your adult teeth are hidden underneath your gums. As you grow older, these adult teeth start to move up and push against the baby teeth. This makes the baby teeth loose and eventually they will fall out to make room for your adult teeth. Even though you are getting adult teeth, you have plenty of time before you need to grow up.
Can I pull out a loose tooth?
You can pull out a loose tooth if it is very wiggly and ready to come out. First, wash your hands and ask your parents for a tissue or piece of gauze. Then gently wiggle your tooth from side to side and twist it. If your tooth is ready to fall out, this should do the trick. If your tooth doesn’t seem loose enough, you can try brushing it, eating an apple, or wiggling it some more. You can also ask your parents for help.
Will it hurt?
If you try to pull out your tooth and it hurts, your tooth is not ready to fall out yet. It probably will need a few more days to get loose enough so you can pull it out. When a tooth falls out, it might hurt a little bit. But you can make the pain stop by counting to a hundred.
What do I do with my lost tooth?
This is the best part! When you lose a tooth, you will leave it for the tooth fairy. Ask your parents for a small container to keep your tooth in so that the tooth fairy can find it easily. Then, you will put the container under your pillow or next to your bed. When you go to sleep, the tooth fairy will take your tooth and leave you a surprise! Sometimes it may take more than one night, especially if the tooth fairy is very busy or gets lost. You also need to be asleep, otherwise the tooth fairy won’t come.
Does the tooth fairy come everytime I lose a tooth?
Yes! The tooth fairy loves to collect beautiful baby teeth and leave surprises for children who take good care of their teeth. To make the tooth fairy happy, don’t forget to brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Eating healthy fruits and vegetables and drinking milk can also make your teeth beautiful. Finally, visiting your dentist is important so they can clean your teeth for the tooth fairy.
Dr. Leyster is a board-certified pediatric dental specialist. He is recognized as a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He has served as faculty as an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in the Division of Public Health and Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Leyster belongs to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, California Dental Association, Pacific Northwest Dental Association, and the American Dental Association.