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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 kids 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. 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.

Once the tooth root starts to reabsorb and the tooth wiggles, you will need to decide whether to pull the tooth or to leave it be. Somewhat surprisingly, the best choice is usually to let the tooth come out on its own. You see, even if the tooth is wiggling, some of the root may not have been absorbed yet. In other words, pulling your child’s tooth prematurely could actually cause damage and discomfort.

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.

Finally, if your child does have loose teeth, and you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to give Weeder Pediatric Dentistry a call at (402) 932.1177. Dr. Greg Weeder and our team will be happy to help however we can. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, just call Weeder Pediatric Dentistry at (402) 932.1177.