What to Do When Your Child’s Tooth Is Loose

Calling All Tooth Fairies:

Every child loves the tooth fairy. But as a parent, it can be tough to know the proper way to help your child when his or her primary tooth is ready to come out.

First, it helps to understand what’s happening in your child’s mouth. Children have 20 primary teeth, which are often referred to as “baby teeth.” At about age 6, permanent teeth begin to push through the gums, and primary teeth become loose and fall out. By about age 13, your child will have most of his or her permanent teeth.

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Dental Health Quiz

Dental Health Quiz

1. If your gum bleeds, you have gum disease: True/False

2. Gingivitis, an early form of gum disease caused by the inadequate removal of plaque, is reversible: True/False

3. Healthy teeth and gums reflect your body’s overall health: True/False

4. Dentists recommend fluoride consumption for adults and children of all ages: True/False Continue reading Dental Health Quiz