From first wiggles to gap-toothed giggles, losing teeth is a mouth’s coming-of-age story. Baby teeth falling out means your little one is growing up (*cue the tears*). It’s been a while since you put a tooth under your pillow for the Tooth Fairy — what can you expect the second time around? Let us refresh your memory:
The loose tooth journey
Early teethers tend to be early losers, but it’s impossible to pinpoint exact age. Usually the first tooth will fall out around age 6. Your child’s mouth then channels Benjamin Button, losing the remaining baby teeth over the next few years.
Loose tooth food choices
To cut down on pain and wiggle time, serve soups, puréed veggies and other foods that require minimal chewing. Soft foods are a staple, but healthy, hard munchies can help too! Apples and pears are perfect picks for newly loose teeth. They gently aid in loosening the tooth, while promoting healthy bodies and smiles.
When a loose tooth lingers
Give it time. Yanking a tooth before it’s ready will only regress your child’s dental health. However, if your tot’s tooth is hanging by a thread, grasp the tooth firmly using a tissue. Pull upwards and give it a sharp twist. Don’t panic when you see blood — a little bleeding in the area is normal.
From loose tooth to celebration
Once the tooth falls out, the fairy flies in! Teach your kids about Tooth Fairy traditions and celebrate accordingly. Need a gift guideline? The current rate for a tooth is $4.36, according to the National Tooth Fairy Poll. Tell your child the Tooth Fairy favors healthy teeth, so it’s important they keep their smile in shape.
Your baby is growing up, so remember to treasure all the gap-toothed memories!