Baby teeth are bound to fall out because it's the body's natural way of creating space for adult teeth, which starts at the age of 6. It's best to leave baby teeth alone, if possible. However, if your child wants his teeth to fall out quickly, you can try a few tactics. On the other hand, loose teeth in adults is a serious problem and you should never remove them yourself. Pulling your own teeth is certainly difficult, besides being painful and potentially dangerous to health.
Method 1 of 3: Removing Milk Teeth
Step 1. Notice if the teeth are loose
Before extraction, milk teeth should be loose. This means that the child can move his teeth back and forth and from side to side without pain. Free movement means the tooth is ready to fall out.
As already mentioned, it's best to let your baby teeth fall out on their own
Step 2. Shake frequently
Shaking is the best way to get your teeth out. Have the child shake his teeth with his tongue. He can do it every day until the tooth falls out. Tell the child to shake as much as possible, so that he does not feel pain.
Step 3. Have the child chew solid food
So that the teeth fall out quickly, give your child crunchy foods such as carrots, apples, and others so that the teeth are more rocking. Teeth may fall out on their own without the child noticing.
Step 4. Remove with a tissue
The best way to remove a child's tooth is to pull it with a tissue or gauze. Try to pull slowly. If the tooth cannot be removed or the child is crying, wait a few days. However, milk teeth usually fall out soon.
There are some children who do not like to have their teeth touched. If so, it's best to just leave it alone. You can also have your child try to pull it out on their own
Step 5. Consult a dentist
Make sure that the teeth fall out on their own, not due to injury, damage, or other reasons. Talk to your doctor if you are in doubt. If it takes two to three months for your teeth to fall out, you will also need to see a dentist. Ask if the tooth should be extracted or left to fall out on its own.
After the consultation, make sure you follow the doctor's advice
Step 6. Treat the gums
If the gum area bleeds after the tooth comes out, press it with a cotton ball. You can also ask the child to bite the cotton. Hold for 30 minutes because blood in the gums takes longer to clot than other parts of the body.
Method 2 of 3: Overcoming Loose Teeth in Adults
Step 1. Visit the dentist
If possible, you should see a doctor to have an adult tooth removed. Mature teeth have longer roots so they are more painful when extracted. In addition, there may be an infection that needs to be treated by the dentist.
- Tooth extraction is a serious medical procedure. Besides being painful, you can lose a lot of blood and get an infection if you don't get the right treatment.
- If you can't afford a dentist, look for a dental student practice clinic, which is usually cheaper. In addition, there are usually free or inexpensive dental care programs at certain times that may be more affordable.
Step 2. Do not attempt to extract the tooth
Adult teeth should not be extracted alone. It's a job only a licensed dentist should do. Attempts to extract teeth yourself, or with the help of an unlicensed dentist, run the risk of serious medical complications.
- Realize that there are many things that can go wrong. It may be that the extraction process is not correct, infection develops, or nerve and tissue damage.
- In addition, be aware that dental practice without a license is illegal. In some countries, unlicensed practice is a minor offense, while in others it is a serious offense with consequences for fines, probation, or even imprisonment.
Method 3 of 3: Taking Care of the Mouth After Teeth Extracted
Step 1. Take pain medication
Tooth extraction is a painful procedure. Try taking an NSAID such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium. You can also try acetaminophen. Do not take aspirin because it can make bleeding worse.
Vitamin C can also help the recovery process
Step 2. Be careful for the first 24 hours
Do not wash your mouth for the first 24 hours after the procedure. You can eat and drink warm, but don't use the area where the tooth was extracted. Make sure you eat on the opposite side. Tooth marks should be left as much as possible.
Step 3. Avoid alcohol for the first 24 hours
Alcohol use seems logical because it helps with pain. However, alcohol delays wound healing. In addition, alcohol also causes bleeding.
Step 4. Brush your teeth after 24 hours
You should brush your teeth, but wait a day. Gently brush around the hole. Don't let the frozen blood be pulled out accidentally.
Step 5. Gargle with salt water
You can rinse your mouth with salt water after the first 24 hours because salt water can kill bacteria. Dissolve 1 tsp. salt in a glass of water. Use it to gargle for 20-30 seconds, especially near blood clots, then spit it out.
- If the tooth hurts and isn't ready to be extracted, take a pain reliever and/or numb it with ice.
- Visit the dentist because it is best if the tooth is extracted by an expert so that it does not hurt.
- Again, NEVER extract an adult tooth yourself. This procedure must be performed by a licensed dentist.
- Never pull teeth using floss and door handles. The old method can damage teeth and gums.