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How to Make Losing Baby Teeth Less Scary for Kids

October 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — shinysmiles @ 11:51 pm

For most kids, losing their first baby tooth is an exciting experience because it means they’re growing up and can expect to find some money underneath their pillow. However, for others, this experience can be frightening and cause anxiety. Each child may handle this milestone in their own way. Continue reading to learn a few tips from a pediatric dentist about making losing baby teeth in Garland a less traumatic and more positive experience.

Stay Upbeat

Your child may begin losing their baby teeth anywhere from age 4-7. Once they hear of other kids losing their teeth, they may ask you questions about it. Just be sure to be positive when discussing the subject. You want to avoid inadvertently causing your child to experience fear over the idea of losing baby teeth.

Explain Thoroughly

Your child may hear negative things from their classmates or friends about losing their teeth. For instance, they may be told they will accidentally swallow it, that losing a tooth will be painful, or even that their teeth will never grow back. It is important to be thorough when explaining what happens.

Let them know that losing their baby teeth is completely normal and their adult teeth will come in shortly. Remind them that you lost your teeth when you were a kid too, and it’s all a natural part of growing up.

Celebrate Lost Teeth

If you get excited about your child losing their teeth, they are likely to follow suit. Try treating it as a milestone and even come up with a fun way to celebrate. Maybe they can get a treat at the grocery store or you can play their favorite game together. Make this an occasion they’ll look forward to!

Include the Tooth Fairy

The legend of the tooth fairy dates back to the Middle Ages and can make losing teeth exciting by adding a magical touch. If your child is afraid of losing their teeth, find a picture book at the library or watch a movie that includes the tooth fairy. Finding a dollar bill under their pillow may just be enough to make it an experience they’ll remember fondly.

This milestone in your child’s life can potentially be frightening, but by implementing the steps above from a pediatric dentist, you may be able to help them understand that losing baby teeth in Garland is nothing to be afraid of and an important part of growing up.

About the Author

Dr. Lily Hoang is a board-certified pediatric dentist and a mother who cherishes family time. She earned her dental doctorate at the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona. CA. Dr. Hoang is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and has completed her Advanced Education in General Dentistry certification. She will be happy to talk with you and your child about them losing baby teeth during their next checkup and cleaning. Schedule one on her website or call (469) 925-0861.

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