Do you know who loves teeth as much as we do? The Tooth Fairy! She must be extra special because she's celebrated two times every year - on February 28 and August 22. Since National Tooth Fairy Day was on Saturday, we want to recognize our favorite tooth collector and offer some insight about losing baby teeth.
When Do Baby Teeth Start to Go?
Baby teeth (also known as primary teeth) begin to loosen and fall out around the age of six. Typically, the first teeth to go are the two bottom front teeth (lower central incisors) and the two top front teeth (upper central incisors). All primary teeth should fall out and be replaced by permanent teeth by the age of 13.
Loosen Up, Little Tooth
Baby teeth usually stay put until they are pushed out by permanent teeth. If your child has a tooth that is very loose and hanging on by a thread, you can grasp the tooth with gauze or a tissue and remove it using a quick twisting motion. However, if the tooth isn't quite ready to pull, here are some things that you can have them try:
1. Brush - Brushing multiple times a day can help put minimal pressure on the tooth and loosen it up.
2. Wiggle - A child can use their tongue to gently wiggle a loose tooth, encouraging it to break free.
3. Crunch - Chewing on crunchy, healthy food like an apple can also help loosen a stubborn tooth.
Saying goodbye to baby teeth is a big milestone and can be both exciting and nerve-wrecking for children. It's also the perfect time to teach your child about the importance of good dental care. Helping them establish healthy practices will ensure their permanent teeth are off to a strong start.