Little Teeth Truths : Should parents help pull out a child’s wiggly tooth?

Question: Should parents help pull out a child’s wiggly tooth or let it fall out on its own?

Answer: My best advice is to let nature take its course!  Parents should encourage kids to gently wiggle the tooth with their finger or tongue until it naturally falls out on its own.  Pulling the tooth out before it is ready may actually cause unnecessary bleeding and pain, which could be upsetting.  Although it is rare, if you see a permanent tooth coming in and the baby tooth won’t fall out, call your pediatric dentist to see if help is needed to remove the baby tooth.  The best approach is to keep an eye out for any problems and let the tooth fall out on its own. And then, you and your little one can celebrate with your very own tooth fairy tradition to mark this big-kid milestone!


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