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What To Do When Your Child Gets Their First Wobby Teeth

Wobbly teeth are like badges of honour for kids, marking the next stage of growing up. Children can experience the thrill of losing a tooth, wiggling one until it falls out of eating hard food to make it happen sooner. As a parent, you want the best for your children and their teeth, and a visit to the dentist can be exciting, rather than scary. Get those teeth checked, talk about what to do when one is wobbly and ask for any other advice. A trip to a dentist Peterborough can be just the thing you and your child needs to ease their nerves.

Just a couple of days before her 5th birthday, Erin told John that her teeth felt wobbly. He didn’t really believe her at the time, thinking 5 was a bit too young for baby teeth to be falling out. Then, when she told me I just had to check and there they were, two wobbly teeth on the bottom row. Immediately, I thought back to her very first birthday, which was the day that both of these teeth came through.

Erin was a little bit worried to begin with, I think not really understanding what might happen to her teeth. She definitely didn’t want to end up losing them, swallowing them etc. Luckily, she had also been reading a book about the Tooth Fairy at some point so this put her mind at ease a little bit. I think a lot of children get quite excited about anything that might get them some money!

As first time parents though, John and I didn’t really know what, if anything, we should or shouldn’t be doing. Do you leave the teeth alone to fall out when they’re ready? Do you keep checking how wobbly they are? What do you tell your children who are bound to keep wobbling the teeth with their tongue? What’s the going rate from the tooth fairy?

Letter from the tooth fairy
Image courtesy of Family Travel With Ellie

I asked some fellow bloggers, and other parents, what advice they might give to someone who is in our situation. Here’s what they had to say:

My daughter was always very excited and enchanted by fairies and anything magical, so the impending arrival of the tooth fairy following the early wobblings of her first loose tooth was eagerly awaited. Helping the tooth fairy by ordering both a miniature letter and little trinket especially for lost teeth to go in for easy fairy collection made the whole process exciting and memorable. Family Travel With Ellie

Don’t be surprised if the adult lower teeth are slightly behind the lower baby teeth, and the adult upper teeth look to be well in front of the baby teeth. It could even look like the adult teeth are coming through into the tongue or top lip. This is in most cases perfectly normal even if it does look alarming. The best advice is to discuss it with your dentist if it is causing trouble. Or wait until the next check up if not. A Rose Tinted World

Keep an eye out for white spots on the new teeth which could be hypermineralisation. These softer spots on the new adult teeth are common but may need fluoride treatments and extra care when brushing. Nomi Palony

We’re still waiting for those two bottom teeth to fall out but thanks to this great advice, we’ve left them to go on their own. Erin is excited about the tooth fairy coming although we still haven’t figured out how much she pays per tooth yet!

4 thoughts on “What To Do When Your Child Gets Their First Wobby Teeth”

  1. My three all lost their first teeth when they were in reception. My husband would end up pulling them out if they were really wobbly. Whereas I would leave them to fall out on their own.

  2. Oh man wobbly teeth have been my biggest fear since I was of the age to lose them! I am amazed how well I coped when my son had wobbly teeth. His Late Grandmother used to whip them out for me because it makes me faint!

    I did love playing tooth fairy though. Although at 13 and still has some teeth to lose, I think it is going to cost me BIG time!

  3. Our youngest Grandson has been going through the wobbly tooth stage. The price per tooth has increased a lot since our daughter was little, I guess that’s inflation for you 🙂

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