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February 25, 2021

Tips For A Kid’s First Tooth Loss

Every child responds differently to losing their first tooth; your child may feel excited about the tooth fairy’s first visit or even a little bit nervous. Most children lose their first baby tooth, also known as a primary tooth, around six years old. 

Are you wondering what to do when your child loses their first baby tooth? Here are some tips on how to care for the empty socket after the tooth has fallen out.

Clean your child’s gums

It is perfectly normal for your child to bleed after losing their tooth, so the first thing you can do is clean the area. Use gauze or a clean washcloth to wipe their gums gently. You can also have your child rinse their mouth with warm saltwater – a cup of water and a teaspoon of salt – this may be a little unpleasant, but it will help clean out the empty socket.

Will they be in pain?

Your child may experience some initial, temporary pain or discomfort after their baby tooth has fallen out. An over-the-counter children’s pain reliever can be taken, as directed, if necessary. 

What about swelling?

Does your child have a swollen socket? Swelling is caused by wiggling the loose tooth before it is ready to fall out. Use a dose of children’s ibuprofen, as directed, to help decrease inflammation. Be sure to contact your dentist if the swelling persists.

The anticipated Tooth Fairy

Losing the first baby tooth is a big moment for both child and parent. Your child might feel excited or even scared about losing their tooth. While every child loses their teeth at different times, the routine can be fun and what you make of it. Before bed, you could slip the tooth in a plastic baggie and place it under their pillow. The next morning, your child wakes happy to a small gift from the Tooth Fairy – that’s you ;).

Most children won’t feel anything when they lose their first tooth. Most importantly, continue to develop a regular schedule and a healthy relationship with your child’s dentist. Provide positive reinforcement and encouragement while they’re young, and it will encourage good dental habits as they become adults.