Children start losing their baby teeth around age 6, and their adult teeth do not fully come in until puberty. That leaves parents with about six years of teeth pulling to go through, and every child is a little different in how he or she reacts to pulling teeth. Eventually, you may need to get creative about how you pull your children’s teeth.
Here are some simple and effective ways to pull a loose tooth.
Distract Your Child
One of the biggest complaints parents have when pulling teeth is the fact that their children fight them the whole way through. Your child will be less stressed out about this process if you distract him or her when you are getting ready to pull out the teeth. The easiest way to do this is to say that you are going to pull out the tooth on “3” and then do it on “2” when you count up. Your child will be waiting for the number 3 and will not expect you to pull out the tooth on 2. As long as you move swiftly, your son or daughter will not feel anything during the teeth pull.
Tie A String To The Tooth
This is one of the oldest teeth pulling methods out there, but it still works to this day. Tie a string to the base of the tooth and then tie the other end of it to a door knob. Simply shut the door, and the tooth should come out. You may run into an issue with the string coming off or the tooth being a little stubborn. Let the tooth rest for a few days and then try again.
Pull The Tooth Out By Hand
If your child’s tooth is already very loose, use a wash cloth to pull it out by hand. To get the most out of your pull, try pinching the tooth at the base to get a firm grip. This will also help you collect any blood that may form so your child does not have to taste it.
Let The Loose Tooth Fall Out Naturally
When all else fails, just let your child’s tooth fall out on its own. After the amount of wiggling your child is likely to do with it over time, the tooth will eventually surrender to the pulling. Your child may grow impatient at this time, but hopefully the tooth will give out before he does.
Consider Making A Trip To The Dentist
If you want to have your child’s tooth removed quickly and easily, you could always make a visit to the dentist’s office. Our pediatric dentistry office provides painless tooth pulling services for stubborn, stuck-in teeth. Schedule an appointment for your child, and your child’s tooth will be out of his mouth in no time.