A child losing their very first baby tooth is an exciting milestone for both children and parents. This generally happens at around 5 to 6 years old but a child may be as young as 4 years old when they first lose a tooth.
We understand that this can make parents a little nervous knowing it can happen while your child is away at school. However, there is no need to worry, as teachers and staff at your child’s elementary school are familiar with these situations and know exactly how to handle them.
Still, you might want to talk to your little hero about losing a tooth when you first notice a wiggly one. It’ll help to comfort them if they know how to handle losing a tooth at school.
Here are five important aspects to cover with your child during the tooth loss conversation:
- Wiggly Teeth are Ready to Fall Out.
- Let Your Little Hero Know Their Gums Might Be a Little Sore.
- Let a Teacher Know ASAP.
- See the School Nurse for Clean Up.
- Healing and After Care.
Let your child know that the slight discomfort of a loose tooth signals that their tooth is ready to fall out. Comfort them with the idea that new permanent teeth will fill the gaps of missing teeth. Teach them that this is a natural part of growing up and they should not be afraid.
During times that your child is experiencing tooth loss, their gums will be extra sensitive, and they should be more careful in what they eat and how they clean their teeth. Your child can eat softer foods or chew on the opposite side of their mouth to alleviate discomfort.
As soon as their tooth falls out, your child should let their teacher or another adult know, so they can get help cleaning up. Most elementary teachers have gone through this process many times and are familiar with what to do in this type of emergency. The teacher will help comfort your little one and guide them to the nurse where they will receive further assistance.
School nurses are equipped and ready to help your little one with their tooth loss. They will provide your child with gauze to clean up excess blood and provide them with a temporary container for their baby tooth. Some schools also offer rewards such as stickers or toothbrushes to congratulate the child on this milestone.
Children should avoid messing with a loose tooth or touching sensitive gums after the tooth has fallen out. The open wound should heal shortly after the tooth falls out, but to prevent infection and irritation, they should refrain from poking at the area and carry on with normal dental hygiene practice.
Losing a tooth at school is nothing you or your child should worry about. And parents, don’t fret if you miss out on their first tooth loss if you happen to be at work. Your little hero has plenty of other baby teeth that will eventually fall out, and chances are you will be around to see it happen at least once.
If your child loses a tooth too early in life because of an injury or dental complication, be sure to consult your pediatric dentist at Little Heroes Pediatric Dentistry to assess the problem quickly. The same goes if your child experiences a delay in the loss of their first tooth.
Dental pains and discomfort can be very distracting while class is in session, so it is best to seek treatment prior to or upon first experiencing symptoms. Regular checkups at our office will help you ensure the optimal dental health for your little hero during their adolescence and as they mature.