Last week my son told me that he was feeling uncomfortable while eating. He said he feels his teeth are aching. He is almost 6 years old now and I can see his kindergarten friends with lost teeth when smiling. So sweet their smiles are! 🙂
But, if not my friend called me the previous day, I never think of any signs of losing milk teeth. I may run to the doctor or dentist to check what happened to his teeth. 🙂
Luckily my friend called me the previous day. Her son also in same age as my kid. She told about his son’s lose tooth story. So, I got the idea. I checked my kid’s teeth and finally found that one of his milk teeth is wobbly!
My feelings are mix of happiness and sadness. This wobbly tooth is a sign of he is growing to a big man. He is no more a baby. I am going to be a mom of a growing adult.
But,I am also with some scary feeling. How will be his new adult teeth? Will he own a beautiful smile as he has now? How to take care of his teeth when some teeth start wobbly? It is difficult to brush the area around the wobbly tooth properly.
My kid is almost 6 years old when he has his first loose tooth.
His first loose tooth is same as his first baby tooth. One of two bottom teeth.
Girls in his kindergarten have already started losing their baby teeth. Now it is time for the boys of same age.
My kid is so excited to have a loose tooth simply because his friends have.
He is asking to prepare a coin to give him once the tooth is fallen, because his other friends got such a coin from parents. Well, as a Sri Lankan I don’t have such experience in our culture. We just throw the fallen tooth to the roof asking a squirrel to take it and give a new tooth in return. 🙂
Anyway, below are some of the details and tips I gathered around the web which are helpful for taking care of kid’s teeth. If your kid has a wobbly tooth, then these tips may helpful to keep his oral hygiene to the best.
Tips when your kid has a loose tooth
Keep the loose tooth clean
This is the hardest part. When the tooth is wobbly, it is hard to brush it properly. But I help my kid to brush his teeth well after meal gently and carefully.It is good to keep good oral hygiene throughout the days.
Don’t pull the loose tooth
I’ve read some articles about pulling the loose tooth. I am not a dentist. However with my experience and learning from childhood, it is better not to pull a loose tooth. Allow it to fall naturally. And wait for a beautiful adult tooth.
Talk with your kid about his adventurous experience
Well, I learned this from my little son. Every day he tells me about his friends who has loose tooth or who already has fallen tooth. He is really excited with this new experience. Therefore I encourage him talking about his new experience. It will ease his pain and even he will be more knowledgeable in taking care of the tooth.
Read books about loosing teeth
It is exciting to read more adventurous stories about tooth fairy and loose tooth.There are interesting books for kids.It is always a good way to bond with the kid.These days we are reading stories about wobbly tooth and tooth fairy. 🙂
Get ready to reward him
Yes,I want to treat him with a coin or another reward when he loose his first tooth.I am still thinking of ideas. 🙂
Do you have similar experience with your kids? When they started falling teeth? Please share your thoughts. Let’s talk.
Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi is the founder of this blog where she shares her parenting and lifestyle experiences. She is an engineer and a trainer who works in the construction industry. She is the founder of Sihela Consultants.(www.sihelaconsultants.com)