If your child has a loose tooth that is bothering them, you may consider trying to pull it out. It may be tempting to do this, but this is not necessarily always the best course of action. Taking our advice from the specialists at Colgate, here are some things to consider before you pull a loose tooth.

Why is it loose?

Although it is very common, a loose tooth does not always mean that the replacement adult tooth is ready. Children can sometimes knock their teeth whilst out running or playing a sport. If your child’s tooth is knocked loose, you should make an appointment with your dentist to get it checked and avoid the risk of infection or damage to the permanent tooth.

First In, First Out

Kids usually lose teeth in the same order that they arrive. The front teeth go first, usually around age six or seven. When a permanent tooth starts coming in, the roots of the baby tooth dissolve until it is loose enough to fall out painlessly and with very little blood.
If your child’s loose tooth is not ready to come out naturally, attempts to pull it with force may tug on its sensitive roots and cause unnecessary pain and discomfort. If you are concerned about a loose tooth, and it seems too early or out of sequence for your child, consider scheduling an appointment with your dentist.

Consider the natural way
In general, if you and your child can handle the inconvenience, it is best not to pull a loose tooth, but rather let them wiggle it until it falls out on its own accord. This will minimise the pain and bleeding associated with the loss of the tooth. If there is ever any concern about a loose tooth, consulting your dentist is the best course of action.

To find out more about your child’s teeth and dental health, take a look at Colgate’s advice: