Do you remember how scary or exciting it was to lose your first baby tooth? Were you excited to become more grown up, or were you nervous that your body was falling apart? Children react to this adolescent milestone in many different ways, and we encourage you to talk with your child as they are undergoing this process to make sure they understand what is happening and to calm any fears they might have. If your children are nervous, explain to them that losing teeth is completely normal, and encourage them by telling them how exciting these changes are. Some ideas to make it more exciting are to explain that the Tooth Fairy will leave money under their pillow, or to promise a treat such as ice cream after the tooth falls out. When you talk to your children about their loose teeth, encourage them to wiggle the teeth out on their own, rather than trying to force them out in other ways. It is important not to force the tooth out or use the method of tying a string to the door to yank it out, because this could cause damage to the mouth if the roots can break off in the gums. Forcing the tooth out before it is ready can lead to problems like infection. Your children may try to avoid brushing their teeth or eating healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables while they have loose teeth. It is important that they maintain healthy diet and dental habits even while they are undergoing the process of losing teeth. If it takes your child is a bit slower to lose his or her first tooth, you might want to talk to them and make sure they don’t feel left out or weird since they might be among the last ones to undergo this process. Explain to them that eventually the teeth will begin to fall out, and being different isn’t bad. If your child is past the age of seven and hasn’t began to baby teeth yet, there is likely no reason for worry, but we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our office to make sure everything is healthy.