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Can I Pull Out a Tooth for My Child?

Posted on 5/15/2024 by Dental Specialists and Implant Clinic of Iowa
a smiling group of childrenMany of us had our baby teeth pulled in unusual ways. For example, your grandmother may have used a piece of string to pull out your baby tooth. She would tie one string end to the loose tooth and the other end to a doorknob. Then, hopefully, when she slams the door shut, your tooth will pop right out. While how your teeth got pulled can be an interesting story from your childhood, there are reasons you do not want to pull out a tooth unless you absolutely have to.

How Do Teeth Get Loose?

When your child has a baby tooth that is growing loose, there are some signs when baby teeth are nearly ready to come out. Teeth become loose when the ligaments in the mouth gradually get smaller and eventually are reabsorbed by the body. Once the ligaments are gone, there is nothing linking the tooth to their jawbones, and the tooth will become more and more loose. Eventually, if you do not pull the tooth, it will fall out on its own. Often, children find their teeth embedded in a piece of hard, crunchy food like an apple or a carrot.

Helping Your Child Pull Their Teeth

Teaching your child how to pull their own teeth can be a big challenge. While some children are adept at pulling their own teeth, other children are squeamish or afraid to pull out their own teeth. You can help them learn to pull their own teeth. First, you can encourage your child to wiggle their loose tooth, which helps dissolve the remaining ligaments to help the tooth come out. Second, you can model pulling a tooth for your child. You can pull the tooth out if it is bleeding or hanging by a thread, but be sure the tooth is absolutely ready to come out.

If you are unsure whether you should pull out a tooth, we can help. Why not give us a call today and bring your child in for an appointment with our dentist? Reach out today.

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