Around the age of 6, a child's baby teeth begin falling out to make room for permanent teeth. Usually they will fall out easily by themselves, but sometimes you may want to help move the process along. You may want to remove a stubborn loose tooth if it's taking a long time to fall out, or if you're afraid your child will swallow it. Many kids are afraid to get a tooth pulled, but by waiting until the tooth is ready to come out, you can pull it out painlessly.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Pain relief medication
- Gauze pads
Wash your hands with soap and water.
Rub some oral analgesic on your child's gums around the loose tooth. You can also give your child a little pain relief medication before you pull out the tooth.
Get a clean piece of gauze pad and try wiggling your child's tooth. It should be able to wiggle back and forth without pain and should be very loose. Otherwise, it's not ready to come out.
Pull on the tooth with steady, even pressure. The tooth should come out easily. If not, it many not yet be ready to come out.
Apply pressure to your child's gum where the tooth was just pulled. The gums may bleed a little. Have your child lean over to avoid swallowing any blood.
Check the gums where you just removed the tooth. Look for any tooth fragments still stuck in the gums. If you find any, they will need to be removed by a dentist.
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