Pulling Out A Loose Tooth

Every parent faces this conundrum: your child has a loose baby tooth. Losing baby teeth is a normal rite of passage, made even sweeter by the promise of a visit from the tooth fairy. But what do you do about the tooth?  Should you wiggle it, pull it, or what? The truth is it depends on the child and on the tooth. If the tooth can be wiggled back and forth without causing the child pain, it is most likely safe to pull. Here are some simple steps you can take to pull that loose tooth safely and comfortably.

First, make sure your hands are clean and dry. Not only will this limit the possibility of infection, but dry hands will make it easier to grasp the tooth.  Using your fingers or a clean gauze pad, gently pull the tooth out.  If the gum area where the tooth was pulled bleeds, don’t be alarmed: this is normal. Simply ask your child to lean forward so he or she does not swallow the blood. Using a clean gauze pad, apply gentle pressure until the bleeding stops. If the bleeding does not stop after fifteen minutes, it’s a good idea to give the dentist or a medical professional a call.

Make an Appointment

We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule. Schedule an appointment today!

Schedule Now

Services

We provide comprehensive oral health care for all of our clients. Learn more about all the services we provide.

Read More

Testimonial

“I had a great experience here with the friendly staff, informative Dentist, and state of the art equipment and procedures. I will be back for sure.”

– Robert B.

Read our Google Reviews

Solana Beach Smiles
Reviewed from Google

5 out of 5 stars

Christina Frink
Christina Frink

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

Dr. Patel and Tara were wonderful! They are both kind, took the time to explain everything they were doing, and very thorough. Thank you!

Kathy Allen
Kathy Allen

5 out of 5 stars

posted 6 months ago

This review is from Bruce Allen. Went in for a teeth cleaning and it was done rapidly and with fabulous attention to detail. I was also advised of important issues to address with my (old) teeth. Highly recommended!

Ashley Wayman
Ashley Wayman

5 out of 5 stars

posted 10 months ago

Everyone at Solana Beach Smiles is amazing. They always go above and beyond for their patients. Especially Anita, Marlene, Tia and of course Dr. Jesse! Needed help with scheduling because we have a newborn and a crazy schedule, and Anita bent over backwards to accommodate our family.