When your child has a loose tooth, it’s good news! It means that it will soon fall to give way to a larger and stronger permanent tooth that will accompany it all life. This process is called “moving teeth” and it is a sign that your child is growing. But it is important that you are prepared to help him and that you do not forget to “call” the Mouse Perez.
Something is not right with one of your child’s teeth. He complains that it hurts a bit when he bites, and in the last few days he says he is moving backwards and forwards. That means that soon it will fall … But do not worry, your son will not be “grimace”. He is only changing teeth.
The teeth that children have are not the same as adults. Those that come out to babies before 2 or 3 years old are called primary teeth, although we commonly call them baby teeth .
Under the milk teeth are forming teeth that will accompany the rest of life, known as permanent teeth . But so that they can leave, they have to displace the milk ones and open up space in their mouths because not only are they bigger and stronger, but they are many more. While the milk teeth are only 20, the permanent ones are 28. Do the accounts, they rightly need so much space!
Therefore, when your child feels that one of his milk teeth is loosening, it means that the permanent teeth are already getting ready to leave. It’s a normal process, we all go through that when we’re growing up. Do you remember when you started to change teeth too?
Usually the first baby tooth falls when your child is between 5 and 6 years old. At first you may feel a little pain or discomfort, but that feeling does not last long. Little by little the tooth loosens, and about a month or two months later, it finally falls out.
The primary teeth fall in the same order in which they came out the first time. First go the front teeth below, then the front teeth above. Then the lateral incisors, the first molars, the canines and the second molars continue in order. And the process may take until your children turn 12 or 13 years old. It all depends on when they start “moving” their teeth, as each child has a different time.
How do the teeth fall?
Of many ways. In the simplest case the tooth falls alone, either when your child is biting an apple or when hitting while playing. But sometimes it is advisable that you help yourself to get rid of it, especially when you notice that the tooth is going to fall soon and you may run the risk of being swallowed while eating or sleeping. To remove those teeth that are about to fall but need a “little help”, you can push it with your finger to release it or pull it with a piece of string or dental floss.
In some cases, there are loose teeth that take longer than expected to fall or simply cause problems for the children. For example, there are children who do not want to eat again because their teeth bother them, they do not accept that they touch their mouth, or sometimes it hurts. On these occasions, it is best to ask the dentist (dentist) for an appointment so that he or she removes the tooth.
What can you do when the tooth falls?
- It controls the bleeding : Although it does not always happen, it is normal that sometimes it gums blood. That’s why, as soon as you notice that your children are going to start moving, buy gauze to have it ready and you can stop the bleeding quickly.
- Reassure your child: If it is the first tooth that your child loses, it is normal to be scared. And more if you see blood in your mouth. Try to calm him by stopping the blood and cleaning his mouth.
- Celebrate and have fun: The fall of the first tooth is a perfect opportunity to celebrate, because it is an important moment in the life of your child and the whole family. Show your child’s tooth so he can see what the complete teeth look like. When the blood stops, stop it in front of a mirror so you can see your new smile “grimace” and laugh with it. Take a photo so they can remember it.
- Call the “Mouse Perez” : If you wish, explain to your son that at night the “Mouse Perez” will come to pick up the tooth and for that reason he should leave it under the pillow. As a reward, the “Mouse Perez” will give your child a gift. Do not forget!
The fall of a tooth is also an excellent opportunity to educate your child about the importance of teeth and to keep them clean. Now that he knows what it feels like to lose a tooth, remind him that baby teeth are like a trial so that we learn to take care of permanent teeth, because those will no longer have any replacement.