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The tooth fairy is beloved by children. The prospect of getting a few coins (or bucks!) for losing a baby tooth is exciting and makes the natural process fun rather than distressing. So, what can you do as a parent to help your child when a tooth is ready to come out?

Well, it is good to know the science behind what is happening in your kid’s mouth. Children start with 20 primary teeth. Around six years of age the permanent teeth start emerging and push up through the gums while the primary or “baby teeth” become loose and begin to fall out. It usually takes around the age of thirteen for all of the permanent teeth to come in.

As your child grows and the adult teeth descend, resorption dissolves the roots of the primary teeth until your child notices that they wiggle. As all children do, they will fiddle with it until the tissue holding the tooth to the gum is not enough to keep the tooth from breaking free.

If a child’s tooth is loose but won’t come out, either leave it alone until more root is dissolved, or help your child pull it out. There are various methods that parents have developed over time, but the quick and easy way is to use a dry piece of tissue or gauze and remove the tooth with a quick pull and twist.

If you or your child would like to speak to a dentist about a loose tooth, Dr. Suk Young Ahn would be happy to discuss it with you. Please contact Sukyoung Ahn DDS to make an appointment at: 530-342-0104, or come by our office in Chico, California.