What to do when your child loses a tooth

Losing a first tooth is a big milestone in a child’s life. While your kiddo will probably be focused on what’s to come from the tooth fairy, it’s your responsibility as a parent to take the opportunity to teach him or her the importance of taking care of the gum line and the new permanent tooth that will eventually appear.

It’s not uncommon for bleeding to occur when a tooth falls out. If this happens, have your child gargle with some warm saltwater. It might be unpleasant but it will be worth it, as the saltwater will help to keep the area sterilized. You may also want to apply an over-the-counter topical anesthetic to alleviate any initial pain or discomfort.

As the days go by, continue having the child brush with child-friendly toothpaste and a soft toothbrush being careful not to irritate the gums where the missing tooth was. This is also a good time to reinforce the importance of good oral hygiene. Kids may not understand that the next set of teeth is permanent so take time to talk to them about this and explain why they have to floss and brush regularly as well as why it is important to limit sugary snacks and drinks.

If you have any questions about your child’s tooth loss or need to get him or her set up with regular dental visits, give us a call at 573-243-5200. At Jackson Dental, we offer dental care for the entire family!