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Losing Baby Teeth: What to Expect

Team Pediatric Dentistry

As your little one grows up, they will get new teeth. Baby teeth fall out and that can be a stressful and exhilarating time. There are, however, a few things that you should know before the teeth start to disappear. Here is what to expect when your child begins to lose baby teeth.

Adult Tooth Under Gums

Baby teeth fall out when the adult tooth is ready to replace it. Teeth are rooted deep in the gums. The adult teeth begin to grow below the baby teeth and push them out as they get larger. So, a baby tooth that falls out on its own means that there is already a larger adult tooth ready to replace it. At this point, there is nothing that you need to do. The adult tooth will grow into place and stay there. You should not remove the baby tooth by hand unless there is a very important reason to do so. In which case, ask a dentist first just to make sure.

Could Have Two Rows

As the adult teeth grow in, they are supposed to push out the baby teeth. However, this does not always happen at the same time. Your child could have two rows of teeth if the baby teeth don’t fall out right away. It is nothing to be alarmed about. However, you should keep an eye on it. The baby teeth should be gone within a few weeks of the adult teeth being exposed. If not, consult your pediatric dentist.

Six Year Old Molars

Molars are among the most painful teeth to grow in since they have a flat top. Around six-years-old, your child should start to grow permanent molars. Because of this, many six-year-olds are more irritable and uncomfortable than usual. During this time, try to find ways of minimizing pain. Consult your pediatric dentist for medications that can help. Plus, you can avoid foods that require a lot of molar use. Cool foods, like yogurt, can reduce pain on contact.

Possible Pain

Throughout this process, your child will experience some pain and discomfort. There are several ways that you can help fight the pain. Medications are commonly used to numb the pain and provide some comfort. Ibuprofen and Tylenol are common options. However, it is important to only give the medications as needed and according to the instructions. The pain from growing new teeth is not always there and it is safer to minimize the use of medications as much as possible.

You can also try more holistic options. Cool, soft foods can provide some relief. Cold water is readily available and can be used to address pain frequently. Ice cream, frozen yogurt, regular yogurt, and other drinks are common options as well.

Maintain a Healthy Diet and Oral Hygiene

As these new teeth grow in, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and oral hygiene. These are the teeth that your child will have the rest of his or her life. Keeping them healthy from the beginning will make them healthier throughout their lifespan. Plus, these teeth are growing rapidly and need all of the nutrients that they can get. Keeping them clean will also keep them healthy and prevent painful infections.

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