Expert talk: Should you wait for your child's milk tooth to fall on its own or pull it out?

Expert talk: Should you wait for your child's milk tooth to fall on its own or pull it out?

theindusparent spoke to Dr Deepika Somanath, Consultant, Dental Surgeon, Columbia Asia Hospital, Whitefield, Bangalore to find answers to all your questions regarding your child's milk teeth.

The moment you come to know that your child's milk tooth is shaking, the first question that comes to your mind is—should I pull it out now to save the pain and trouble later on?

While many mums actually do that, some like me wonder if it is worth waiting for the milk tooth to fall on its own. If you too are caught in the same dilemma, fret not, as theindusparent spoke to Dr Deepika Somanath, Consultant, Dental Surgeon, Columbia Asia Hospital, Whitefield, Bangalore to find answers to all your questions regarding your child's milk teeth.

1. Should you pull out your child's shaking milk tooth or wait for it to fall on its own?

When a child is about 6 years old, his/her teeth will begin to come loose. Let your child wiggle the tooth until it falls out on its own, this will minimize the pain and bleeding associated with the lost tooth. 

If the tooth wobbles for a long time, it is advised to meet a dentist to get the tooth removed, since there is a possibility of accidentally swallowing it and child may use the tongue to move it which may cause mall-positioning of the teeth. 

2.What are the precautions you must take when your child's milk teeth are falling off?

Expert talk: Should you wait for your child's milk tooth to fall on its own or pull it out?

Some of the precautions are as follows:

  • Keep a check that your child does not push the tooth with tongue
  • It is necessary to meet dentist to get the tooth pulled out if the permanent tooth has erupted and if still, the milk tooth is in position as this may cause mall-positioning of the teeth
  • If the shaky tooth is causing trouble by bleeding of the gums and hindrance of chewing food visit a dentist

3. What about your child's diet during this time?

Make sure your child gorges on a soft diet and fibrous food.

4. What is right age when your child's milk teeth start falling?

6 years is the average age.

5.Should you be worried if they start falling off earlier or there is a delay?

Nothing to worry if teeth start falling off early or if there is a delay in teeth falling. Anytime between 5-8 years is alright.

6. How should you take care of your child's teeth after that?

Observe duration period of after tooth fall and if permanent teeth do not erupt after 6 months, meet a dentist. Watch for kids thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, lip biting, mouth breathing habits which can change the direction of erupting permanent teeth. Watch for any early cavities in permanent teeth, colour, and position of the teeth.

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