Written by Eve Bandusena | Parents Avenue’s Editorial Assistant
As we address this issue with Dr. Sylvia of Phi Dental, we uncover the conclusive answer to this age-old conundrum.
Dr. Sylvia begins the talk by explaining that baby teeth are meant to fall out on their own to make room for permanent adult teeth.
She continues, “This typically occurs when children are 6 or 7 years old. And it’s common for parents and their kids to make a game out of pulling out loose baby teeth.”
However, parents should be informed that not every baby tooth should be handled by them on their own as different situations will require another set of assistance.
“In certain circumstances, kids will need dentist’s help to pull out a deciduous or baby tooth.” She says.
“That is when permanent tooth has shown the sign of eruption where baby tooth delayed shedding. We call it shark teeth.” Dr. Sylvia explains.
Dr. Sylvia states, “Baby teeth usually fall out without any help.”
But in saying that, she additionally adds that there are several other considerations that parents should pay attention to such as prematurely pulling out your child’s baby tooth.
“It’s important to not pull the baby tooth out too early. They help guide adult teeth in and help facial structures like the jaw develop.” She advices.
“If a tooth is pulled prematurely, this can affect the placement of one’s adult tooth. Mal-alignment might occur due to loss of eruption space for permanent teeth, as permanent teeth has larger size compare to baby tooth.”
Dr. Sylvia drops us gems on the aftercare procedure.
“Visit your dentist routinely to monitor eruption of the successor permanent tooth.” Dr. Sylvia shares.
“Make sure it has sufficient space for eruption. If it has insufficient eruption space, or mal alignment of permanent tooth occurs due to lack of space, an appointment would be beneficial as the dentist will propose further management, for example removable dental appliances or braces.” She says.
As mentioned, most of the time baby teeth will fall out on its own but under what circumstance should parents or dentist step in and help extract the teeth?
Dr. Sylvia furnished us with several answers.
Other than that, Dr. Sylvia instructs us to check if your child’s tooth is decaying.
“Bacteria or plaque can spread to nearby teeth if it’s not cleaned or treated.” She warns.
“In many cases, the primary molars (near the back of the mouth) are the most commonly removed because they’re hard to reach with a toothbrush and have more surface area.” Dr. Sylvia says.
First of all, a loose tooth can cause your child pain and discomfort. You may have the urge to pull it out, but there are a few reasons why that might not be the best idea.
Dr. Sylvia additionally adds in.
“I will advise parents not to attempt extractions at home by using dirty instruments like nail clipper or sharps.” She says.
“It is dangerous, can injure the kids during the procedure or causing infections to the oral cavity due to bacteria transmitted through non-sterile instruments.”
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. At Parents Avenue, we strongly recommend all our readers to seek medical advise from your local hospital or clinic. Thank you.
For more information, you may contact Dr Sylvia at Phi Dental at 013-410 3103 or find them on Facebook via Phi Dental. To visit Phi Dental in person, they’re located at Lot 2-33, second floor Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
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