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It can be tough to know what to do when your child- or loved one- has loose teeth; while many want to go ahead and pull it out, it may be detrimental, even damaging, to do so. Know that each mouth has 20 baby teeth and it is normal to start losing them at around six years of age. The earlier your child developed teeth, the sooner they will lose them in lieu of their permanent, adult teeth. So, how do you get baby teeth to come out? What should you do- and not do- if you have a loose tooth?

Wiggle It

Give your loose tooth a gentle wiggle to help loosen it further, and the tooth will naturally fall out when ready. Show your child how to wiggle the tooth to gradually help it along. Wiggling too hard or pushing on the tooth before it is ready to come out can hurt. Go slow and wiggle it!

Get a Grip

If you are going to touch and try to pull out the tooth, use a piece of gauze or cotton pad to get a better grip. Plus, this provides a bit of a bacterial buffer when putting your fingers in your- or your child’s- mouth.

Eat Something

Eating a hard apple or crunchy carrot can also help get a loose tooth to come out. Something cold and firm, like a popsicle, can also reduce discomfort and numb the area around the loose tooth.

Brush and Floss

If you want the loose tooth to come, try brushing and flossing. This is effective at getting a loose tooth that is ready to come out. Use an up-and-down technique to brush around the loose tooth, rather than a side-to-side method. Be gentle when flossing around the roots of the loose tooth.

Be Patient

Finally, be patient. Don’t try to pull out a tooth before it is ready. A sign that it is not yet ready is bleeding. Excessive bleeding merits a trip to your dental provider pronto.

Also, you should know that pulling out a baby tooth before it is organically ready to come out can cause spacing issues with your adult teeth later-on. When teeth are lost before the adult tooth underneath is ready to come through the gum, the other teeth surrounding this space may move and cause crowding or crookedness.

Concerned about the spacing of your permanent teeth? Talk to the orthodontic experts at Reese Braces today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

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If you want to learn more about our orthodontic practice - where we offer extensive experience with a Board Certified Orthodontist, where we offer a satisfaction guarantee, and where we offer flexible payment options - Reese Orthodontics is here to serve you.

"Dr. Reese and staff share an inviting personality with a clean and professional atmosphere. I am very happy with the service, the product and the final result. I would encourage any of my friends and family to consult with Dr. Reese around their Orthodontic needs."
- Austin H.
"It has been a great experience all around getting braces at Dr. Reese Orthodontics. It's a great office with wonderful and friendly staff. I am extremely happy with the results. Can't say enough good things about Dr. Reese and his staff. I highly recommend him!"
- Nicole S.
"Dr. Reese and his staff was referred to me by a friend, and I highly recommend them! They were friendly, professional, helpful and quick to respond. I could not be happier with the results of Invisalign. I wore them about 7 months and my teeth are as straight as can be. Thank you for the great care and results!"
- Dancy E.
"I chose the absolute perfect orthodontist to perfect my smile. Dr. Reese has a personality that calms you and removes the anxiety that may come with the process. Dr. Reese is a true artist. I am so excited with my new smile. Dr. Reese accomplished the goals I was looking for and I am forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Reese!!!"
- Melanie C.
"Just awesome! Dr. Reese is the one to go to. He knows what he's doing and is great at what he does. Makes you feel like family every time you go visit. I can't get over how great my smile looks now. Definitely recommended."
- Harsha P.
*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Reese Orthodontics.
Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.
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Dr. Reese McElveen, our award-winning orthodontist in Charleston, South Carolina has transformed the smiles of over 11,000 patients. Reese Orthodontics offers the most advanced orthodontic care for children and adults. Types of braces and orthodontic treatment include metal braces, clear braces, gold braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Damon Braces, SureSmile. Dr. Reese can even help you achieve your confident smile faster with AcceleDent.

Call 843.573.7279 today to schedule your appointment with our board certified orthodontist in Charleston, SC, at our conveniently located Charleston orthodontic office. Come experience Reese Orthodontics and you will see for yourself that we offer innovative and effective orthodontic care in Charleston, Downtown Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Johns Island, Goose Creek, Hanahan and Ladson, South Carolina (SC).