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What To Do When Your Baby's Teeth Fall Out

Posted on 10/31/2023 by Water's Edge Dental
Baby girl holding sippy cup in a high chair after visit to Water's Edge Dental in Boise, IDDo you notice a loose tooth in your baby’s mouth? This is a popular milestone that means the baby teeth want to fall out to prepare a way for the permanent teeth. Unfortunately, this period can cause discomfort and complications. For instance, the baby may find it challenging to chew and brush when one or more teeth are loose.

While there isn’t much you can do about this, you need to help the baby relieve discomfort and ensure good oral health. This helps the teeth to fall out without complications such as infections. Here are 3 ways to take care of your baby’s mouth after teeth fall out:

Rinse Their Mouth with Salt Water

Bleeding after a tooth falls out is normal. However, excessive bleeding can cause mouth complications. The good thing is that simple practices such as a quick mouth rinse and biting down a gauze can help to stop bleeding. Mouth rinse may involve salt water to kill bacteria in the mouth and prevent infections.

Use Ice Packs or a Cold Towel

Swelling can also occur after your kid loses a tooth. In most cases, this happens when the baby moves the loose tooth with the tongue or fingers before it is ready to fall out. When swelling occurs, the child may experience difficulty eating and sleeping. Luckily, you can decrease the inflammation by placing ice packs or a cold towel on the cheeks.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Children are at high risk of infections after their teeth fall out. In this case, they need to implement good oral hygiene practices. This may involve cleaning their teeth and gums to inhibit bacterial growth. Dental exams and cleaning can also help to maintain good oral health for kids. Visit us, and our pediatric dentists will take care of your baby's teeth from eruption to the time they fall out.

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