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Do you remember how you felt when you lost your first tooth? Were you excited or nervous and anxious? Losing your first tooth is a big milestone and children react in many different ways. If you are a parent, we encourage you to talk with your children to calm any fears they have and explain that this process is a normal part of growing up.

We suggest that you encourage your children by telling them how exciting the new changes will be. Mentioning the tooth fairy is often a great idea to motivate your child. When you are talking to your children, encourage them to wiggle the tooth out on their own. Make sure they know it normally takes a few days to fall out, but it is important not to force the tooth out or yank it out before it is ready. This could cause damage to the mouth because the roots can break off rather than having the tooth come out cleanly when it is ready.

Your children might try to avoid brushing their teeth or eating healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables while they have loose teeth. It is important that they maintain a healthy diet and dental habits while they are undergoing the process of losing teeth.

If your child takes longer to lose his or her first tooth, you might want to talk to them to make sure they don’t feel left out or abnormal because all the other kids at school have lost teeth already. Eventually, the teeth will begin to fall out, and it isn’t a contest to see who loses their teeth first. If your child is past the age of seven and hasn’t began to lose their baby teeth, there probably isn’t any need for worry, but we encourage you to schedule a visit to our office to make sure everything is healthy.