South Shore Children's Dentistry

What to do when a baby tooth won’t fall out

Hello to our Hingham, MA families! We are so happy to share this important oral health information with you! When a baby’s tooth won’t fall out naturally, it’s important to address the situation properly to ensure the adult tooth can grow in properly. Here are some steps you can take:

1. Be Patient: Sometimes, baby teeth take longer to fall out naturally. It’s essential to give it some time to see if it will eventually loosen on its own.

2. Wiggle the Tooth Gently: Encourage your child to wiggle the loose tooth gently with their clean fingers or tongue. This can help expedite the natural process. However, it should not be forced or rushed.

3. Avoid Pulling: Never attempt to forcibly pull a baby tooth, as this can cause damage to the gum tissue or surrounding teeth. Let the tooth come out naturally.

4. Soft Diet: Encourage your child to eat a softer diet for a few days if the tooth is particularly stubborn. This can minimize the risk of the tooth getting caught or causing discomfort.

5. Dental Monitoring: Regular dental check-ups are essential during this stage. Your dentist can assess the situation and provide guidance on whether intervention is needed.

6. Consider Dental X-Rays: In some cases, a stubborn baby tooth might be blocking the permanent tooth from coming in properly. In such instances, your dentist may recommend dental X-rays to assess the situation and decide on the best course of action.

7. Extraction: If the baby tooth doesn’t fall out naturally and is preventing the permanent tooth from emerging properly, your dentist may recommend extracting the baby tooth to prevent complications. 8. Orthodontic Consultation: In more complex cases where multiple baby teeth aren’t falling out or if there are concerns about the positioning of permanent teeth, an orthodontic consultation may be necessary.

Always consult with your child’s dentist for guidance on the best course of action. It’s essential to ensure the healthy development of your child’s teeth and gums during this transition from baby teeth to permanent teeth.

South Shore Children’s Dentistry, which is conveniently located just minutes from Hingham, MA is always accepting new patients. Call today! 781.383.0003