A visit from the Tooth Fairy is a much anticipated right of passage when it comes to growing up. When those first teeth start to get loose, children and parents both have questions about what will happen and when. We asked our resident tooth fairy , Dr. Eric DeShazer (GraceMed Chief Dental Officer), a few questions about losing baby teeth.
Q: When do children begin the process of losing teeth?
Q: What does the parent need to watch for as the tooth becomes more “wiggly”?
Q: When is it okay to go ahead and pull out the loose tooth?
Q: When does a child need to see the dentist about a baby tooth?
Taking care of baby teeth is very important. These tiny teeth help with speech development and chewing correctly. They are also the placeholders for future adult teeth. Be sure to check in with your pediatric dentist when your child is about a year old or those first teeth come in. Your dentist will let you know when to begin scheduling check-ups and help you establish those good dental habits that will help teeth last a lifetime.