It’s one of the major milestones of every child’s life – that moment their first milk tooth finally falls out ready for a visit from the tooth fairy.
Most children start to lose their milk teeth at the ages of five and six, with many wearing the gaps in their teeth as a sign of pride at being a ‘big’ girl or boy, and as such can’t wait to lose a tooth.
Parents on the other hand can either be delighted, or sobbing internally at the swift passage of time.
The tooth fairy
Yet perhaps one of the biggest challenges on the loss of a milk tooth is making an appointment with the tooth fairy. How will she get into the house? What will she leave in return? And what does she do with those teeth she collects?
Parents need to give consideration to these logistical dilemmas to keep the magic alive and ensure any anxiety at losing milk teeth is replaced by the excitement of a visit from the tooth fairy.
Most children wake up to find £1 or £2 under their pillow after a visit from the tooth fairy.
Top tips for dealing with loose teeth
When milk teeth first become loose parents may need to reassure their child and make sure they maintain a good dental hygiene routine.
- It is important children continue to brush their teeth properly, even though they may be worried about the wobbly tooth.
- If your child is worried about hurting their tooth, encourage them to eat on the opposite side if their mouth, or serve food such as soup or mashed potato.
- Let the milk tooth work out of its own accord – wiggling by the child is fine but don’t take a piece of string to the tooth!
- The mouth may bleed a little on the loss of a milk tooth but it shouldn’t hurt more than a tingle.
- There is no danger to health if a milk tooth is swallowed – it will pass through the body.
- Adult teeth can grow behind milk teeth – check with your dentist if the adult tooth reaches half the size of the milk tooth.
- The tooth fairy can still visit even if a tooth has been lost – just write a little note and pop it under the pillow.
- Help children prepare for losing their first tooth and a visit from the tooth fairy by reading a book such as My Wobbly Tooth Must Not Ever Never Fall Out (Charlie and Lola).
Let magic replace fear when your child loses their first milk tooth.