Don’t be afraid to wiggle the loose toof

Every parent can relate to this scenario. Your child comes to you saying they have a loose tooth. What do you do now? Do you go ahead and tie the floss around the doorknob or do you wait to let the dentist take a look?

It can be more emotionally than physically difficult to wiggle out your child’s first baby tooth. Once the tooth is loose, all it should take is wiggling the tooth every day with a paper towel or napkin until one day it wiggles itself out. If you are still having trouble, your pediatric dentist is right around the corner. And don’t forget to call the tooth fairy!

As this video demonstrates, although your child may be scared at first, it can also be a very fun and exciting time!

Watch, learn, and enjoy.

Elizabeth Cook Miller, D.D.S., M.S. is a pediatric dentist at Atkins, Maestrello, Miller & Associates Pediatric Dentistry in Richmond, VA. She is a new mother, active runner and her favorite movie is "Finding Nemo".

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