Losing teeth can be a pretty frightening experience for some kids. Children may experience physical discomfort while they are wiggling teeth, and the idea of pulling them out can be daunting. Fortunately, there are some things parents can do make it easier for their kids, and help them adjust to losing teeth and becoming a big kid.
Prepare Your Child
Children typically begin to lose their teeth around the age of five or six. However, some may lose teeth as early as age four. You should start talking to your child early about the best ways to wiggle teeth lose and pull them out. Explain that losing teeth is a part of becoming a big kid. You can also tell them stories about the tooth fairy to get them excited about the experience. Don’t forget to tell your child they may have a little bit of bleeding after losing a tooth. They should know what pain is normal a little blood is nothing to worry about. Bleeding is one of the reasons losing a tooth may be a scary experience, so make sure they know it may hurt a little.
Take Your Child To The Dentist
You can prepare your children to lose their teeth by taking them to a dentist. A family dentist can thoroughly examine your child’s teeth in order to ensure there won’t be any problems as new teeth come in. A dentist or clinic can also give an estimation on when your child will lose teeth and how you can help them wiggle them loose. A kid friendly clinic goes a long way to helping them feel comfortable around their own mouth, so have your own get to know the dentists and hygienists who can help explain why they lose their teeth.
Act excited when kids lose a tooth. If your child sees you are excited or proud, they will probably feel a lot better about getting the next one out. You may also want to reward them. Use the tooth fairy tale and put money underneath their pillow in exchange for the tooth. You may also want to give your child a small toy. Rewards can give kids something to look forward to when the next tooth comes loose. Teach them about how new teeth will grow in and help them become better at brushing, flossing and taking care of big kid teeth.
Many children dread losing their baby teeth, but you can make it a lot easier when you educate kids on what to expect. Make sure you both see a dentist regularly and have your kids ask questions. Becoming a big kid can be scary, but when they have the right tools and knowledge, you can make the process a lot smoother.