Should You Pull Out that Loose Tooth?

Should You Pull Out that Loose Tooth?

It’s an exciting time for kids, Their “big” teeth are finally coming in.

We know it’s coming, we’ve been there. Starting around age 6 with the front teeth, or incisors, and continuing through about age 12 when the molars are finally replaced, we know our kids are going to be losing their first set of teeth. It can be scary for children and even as parents not wanting to see your children in pain.

So…Should you pull the loose tooth?

First In, First Out

Kids usually lose teeth in about the same order they get them. The front teeth go first, usually around age six or seven. When a permanent tooth starts coming in, the roots of the baby tooth dissolve until it is loose enough to fall out painlessly and with very little blood.

The Natural Way

Baby teeth provide the path for the permanent or adult teeth. Aside from that, baby teeth are important as a child is learning to speak and make facial expressions on top of allowing them to chew food for proper digestion.

In general, if you and your child can handle the inconvenience, it’s best not to pull a loose tooth, but rather let them wiggle it until it falls out on its own. This will minimize the pain and bleeding associated with the loss of the tooth.

As part of the natural course of events, the first teeth must come out to make way for the adult teeth to come in. Generally, this occurs without issue, except for the apprehension that surrounds the potential for pain and bleeding sometimes associated with pulling the teeth out. Let’s look at why this may happen.

What should I do if my child knocks out a tooth accidentally? 


Baby teeth, for the most part, know when they’re supposed to come out. At first, incisors become “wobbly,” and children often find it a fascinating. Pulling a tooth prematurely can result in pain and bleeding as the tissue is not quite to the stage of letting go. Children are the only ones know absolutely know how loose their tooth is.

With bleeding there may also be a chance of infection. There is some risk of spacing problems or crowding of teeth with these first baby teeth. At any talking with your dentist is the best way to catch and correct any issues.

Avoid the Hollywood Production

Forcing a tooth out that isn’t loose enough is not a great plan to keep your kid’s mouth safe and healthy.  Avoid tying loose teeth to cars, baseballs, dogs, rockets is fun to watch but not worth the risk. When the loose tooth is ready, you’ll know.

It’s Finally Time

The more “wobbly” a tooth becomes, the closer it is to falling out on its own. A tissue or piece of gauze placed over a loose tooth is enough to create sufficient grip and pull the loose tooth.

If there is ever any concern about a loose tooth, consulting your dentist is the best course of action.

Avoid Green Teeth On St. Patrick’s Day (And Facts)

Avoid Green Teeth On St. Patrick’s Day (And Facts)

This year, lets make it your goal to not have green teeth. Why? Across the country on the day after St. Patrick’s Day, dentists see a 64% increase in emergency dental visits.

Saint Patrick’s Day in on Sunday, March 17 this year which means it’s a full weekend event. Friday school parties and weekend celebrations give your kids plenty of time to stain their teeth green. You can help them avoid green teeth though!

We included a few St. Patrick’s day facts for you to share with your kids.

Don’t “Wear the Green” on Your Teeth

Wearing green, usually a green shirt, is tradition for St. Patrick’s Day. It started way back by pinning shamrocks or green ribbons to clothing. Now restaurants celebrate with turning their food green.

Fact 1: If, by chance, one did happen to find a mystical pot at the end of a rainbow this St. Patrick’s Day, and it contained 1,000 gold coins weighing one ounce each, estimated total current worth at $1.26 million.

Green Stains on Teeth

What causes it?

Food coloring. You can still be festive without the food coloring added to everything and we recommend it for the health of your teeth.

Fact 2: Corned beef and cabbage are traditional foods eaten on this holiday.

Dental Prevention

If a Shamrock Shake is your families tradition, be sure to follow it up with brushing. The sooner, the better.

Fact 3: For every “lucky” four-leaf clover there are approximately 10,000 three-leaf clovers.

Make sure your kids have been in for a teeth cleaning and schedule an appointment if you haven’t already.

Parents: Watch out For the Green Beer

Fact 4 (For Parents): Approximately 13 million pints of Guinness is consumed worldwide on St. Patrick’s Day.

The Green beer is most likely the biggest factor in the increase in emergency dental visits for the day after St. Patrick’s day.


Happy St. Patrick’s day and good luck keeping you and your kid’s teeth white and not green!

Ease Your Child’s Dental Anxiety

Ease Your Child’s Dental Anxiety

Making sure your child feels comfortable at the dentist is one of the best ways to lay an early foundation of healthy dental habits.

We care about kids and their oral health, we try to make everyone comfortable when they’re in our office.

Why Is My Child Afraid of the Dentist?

Many people don’t particularly like to go to the dentist, but they’re not necessarily afraid to go. Dental anxiety, however, can become a fear.

Obstructed Breathing

Although you may not think much about it, one of the first causes of dental anxiety could be your child’s fear of having his airway blocked. It’s uncomfortable and not something you really get used to.

Stuffy noses can make it that much worse.


For many children, pain is also at the root of their dental anxiety, and at one time, it wasn’t completely unwarranted. Dentists used to believe that baby teeth had no nerves, so procedures were performed with only a little nitrous oxide gas, just to calm the child down.

We’re aware of this and take extra care to give a pain-free experience.


Fear of losing control is a cause of dental anxiety that is related to the fear of pain. A child knows that the big person with the pointy instruments is in charge. If there’s pain or discomfort, the child may very likely feel that he or she has no control over it. This can make him very anxious even if he’s never been to the dentist before.

Children usually know that an adult with the pointy instruments is in charge. If there’s pain or discomfort, the child may very likely feel that he or she has no control over it.

They can let us know they’re in pain by raising their hand.

Fear by Proxy

When adults suffer from dental anxiety, they may transfer that fear to a child through vicarious learning.

As parents, affirming that there is nothing to worry about going to the dentist is great. If you are at all anxious about it though, it’s more likely they will be anxious too. Kids pick up on the non verbal cues and get anxious.

Impact of Dental Anxiety in Children

If dental anxiety becomes a long-term issue, the impact can include a lifetime of avoiding needed dental procedures.

Ease Your Child’s Fear of the Dentist

  1. Choose the right dentist for your child
  2. Don’t keep upcoming visits a secret
  3. Teach your child how to find calm
  4. Set a good example
  5. Start early and be consistent

You can ease your child’s dental anxiety by making the activity a fun and enjoyable part of his normal life.

Too Much Sugar in Your Soda!

Too Much Sugar in Your Soda!

There are many popular soft drinks out there.  Do you know the one thing they all have in common? You guessed it, sugar! A typical 20 oz. can contain anywhere from 64 to 77 grams of sugar! There is 4.2 grams of sugar in a tsp.

Can you imagine feeding your child this much sugar in a single sitting? That’s exactly what is happening when you give them a soda; it’s just not as obvious.

Soda contains the perfect cocktail for tooth decay, sugar, acid, and carbonation. These three things can weaken the enamel of your teeth and encourage bacteria growth in your mouth. Soda when consumed on a regular basis can do your mouth more harm than what you anticipate. If you google images for “tooth decay from soda” it just may change your mind on consuming the beverage ever again.

How to reduce the negative effects of sugar?

1. Don’t drink it.

The best way to avoid any type of soda related tooth damage is to avoid the beverage as much as possible.

2. Drink quickly.

We understand that from time to time a soda sounds good. If you do indulge make sure to drink it quickly. Sipping it over a long period of time bathes your teeth in sugar and acid which can result in damage or decay.

3. Visit your dentist.

Dental care is so important when it comes to a healthy mouth. Regular visits to the dentist can detect any tooth damage and care for it before it gets worse.

When it comes to the ever so tempting soda just say no! It can introduce a whole new world of problems that you don’t want you or your family to experience!

Check out this website.  for more information about soda and teeth.

Please call us, we are happy to help any questions you have about soda!

Updated 3.6.19

How to Get Your Kids to Floss

How to Get Your Kids to Floss

It’s tough for kids to remember to floss, especially if brushing their teeth isn’t a habit yet.

Flossing is important to keep mouths cavity free and help prevent Gingivitis.

Continuing with National Children’s Dental Health Month and the slogan this year of “Brush and clean in between to build a healthy smile”, we are wrapping up the celebration with the “cleaning in between” …flossing!

Now, how can you get your kids to floss?

Make It Fun

Use that curiosity to your advantage, kids love to look in their mouths. Help your children learn to count their teeth while flossing. Since little kids have 20 teeth in their mouths, flossing can help them learn to count up to what sounds like a huge number to them.

Get Them Their Own Tools

The ADA recommends using an 18-inch piece of floss wound around your two middle fingers through your teeth, then gently guiding it between your teeth.

Floss picks work too and getting them in the habit of flossing can be a little easier.

Positive Reinforcement

It takes time and encouragement so let them know they’re doing a great job even if they still need to master the flossing technique.

Doing it everyday deserves some acknowledgment. After all, how many adults do you think floss everyday?

Set an Example

Take some time and show them exactly how it’s done.

We talked about this in Getting Your Child to Care About Their Teeth.

Chart Their Progress

Having a flossing chart in the bathroom is a great reminder for kids to floss at least once a day.

Lead by example and check it off when you floss too, give everyone in the family a color or their own checkbox.


Ask us about how important flossing is on your child’s next visit.

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