Common Facts re: Children and losing/gaining Teeth

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All my grandchildren are presently at ages where they’re either losing their baby or deciduous teeth or getting their permanent teeth in. It’s been a few years since my son was visited by the tooth fairy, but boy do I remember the days. My son was one of those kids who was very physically active and every time he took a tumble, he had his mouth open and consequently hit his teeth.

The first significant tumble was at 18 months when wearing his Uncle’s cowboy boots, tripped and hit the dreaded coffee table. Of course, it happened on the weekend and after normal business hours for a dentist. With my child screaming and me on the phone making a few frantic phone calls, finally got the answer I wanted to my question “what do I do?’ Reached into his mouth and slowly pulled the affected tooth back towards it normal position, which brought instant relief as pressure was then off the nerve. One of those life’s learning experiences; learning to remain calm!!!!!.

To make a long story short, he had several other occasions where his front teeth were completely knocked out. He wore braces at age 3, which were put in place to merely give support to the teeth that had been re-implanted while bone re-deposited around his teeth.  It became a common occurrence for him to lose his teeth during his preteen years and the only ones who were terrified were those with him when it happened. He always knew what to do, which was to find the teeth and wrap them in something wet or in milk if available, as well as head to the dentist.

When children do lose their baby teeth, the main thing to remember is that they lose the same tooth on the other side of their mouth’s midline, at or near the same time. If one is loose and the other not, merely start wiggling the one that isn’t and within a short period of time, it’ll be ready to come out as well. The root on baby teeth dissolves and becomes quite short before being ready to come out. If you don’t lose the same teeth (both sides of midline) at relatively the same time, there are greater chances of spacing problems with the permanent teeth coming in, as teeth will migrate to the point of less pressure, namely towards the hole created by the one that came out.

If you notice that your children aren’t losing their teeth in comparison to other children their age, good idea to go see your family dentist. There are situations where the tooth/teeth can be attached to bone etc. Same for the permanent teeth coming in. If they aren’t coming in for what seems like forever, again, go to your dentist. They could have extra tough gum tissue that won’t allow them to come through. For new permanent teeth showing up in not so normal positions, again, see your dentist as these are all common issues that he or she will know how to treat.

Preparation for a child to cleaning his or her own teeth should start at a young age. The best approach is to give your child (when old enough to hold a child’s toothbrush without poking their eyes) a children’s toothbrush to hold and suck on while you, the parent, are brushing your teeth. Gradually doing a little more with the toothbrush (adding children toothpaste helps) progresses their comfort levels even further. Doing this on a daily basis will create a habit and help them become more and more comfortable with having someone help them clean their teeth and eventually get them to the point at around age 3, for their first dental office visit.

I’m in no way a dental professional but worked in the field for approx 20 yrs as a nurse and learned a few things which I do want to pass on to help you when its your children’s’ turn. Sounds like another potential family event ya’ll!

 

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