When the child reaches the age of six, you can begin to experience a ripple of your teeth, signaling the imminent arrival of permanent teeth. Losing your teeth can be a milestone for any child and parent, but it can also be a source of anxiety and pain. Understanding why this pain occurs and how to help your child can ensure a positive experience with tooth loss.
Although losing baby teeth is a normal occurrence for children, it may be accompanied by some degree of pain. As the milk tooth breaks without its nerve endings, the area may become red, swollen, and painful. This is especially true if your child’s teeth are loosened due to injury or impact caused by premature loosening of the tooth. Although your child’s gums may bleed a little, excess bleeding may require medical attention.
Having wobbly and painful teeth can be a source of anxiety for children who have not experienced the sensation of a loose tooth before. Your child may be afraid to eat or drink for fear of tooth decay or swallowing. During this time, it is important to reassure him. This is the time when “the tooth fairy” can be useful. Explain to your child that the tooth fairy will exchange the tooth for coins. Your child may even begin to want to lose a tooth.
Some techniques can help decrease the pain of loose teeth in children. This includes applying a cold pack to your child’s mouth to minimize pain and swelling. Place the ice cubes in a sandwich-size plastic bag or snack and cover with a cloth or paper towel. Apply it to your child’s face for 10 to 15 minutes. You can reapply it during the day to further reduce the pain. If the gums begin to bleed as a result of loose teeth, you can wet a piece of gauze and apply pressure directly on the gum. However, do not place the cold pack directly on the gum to prevent the delicate gum skin from burning.
If the pain of loose teeth is more severe, no steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may also help reduce swelling and pain. However, talk to a doctor or pharmacist before giving this medication to get the correct dose. Examples include acetaminophen or ibuprofen. You can also apply a mild analgesic to numb the area and minimize pain.