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It starts with a wiggle and ends with a gummy smile—and maybe even a dollar. Losing a baby tooth is an exciting rite of passage. Most children lose their first tooth between ages 5 and 6, but this can vary.
Children have different feelings about losing a tooth. Some will welcome that first wiggle, while others may feel anxious, wondering if it will hurt or if other body parts will suddenly fall off. Children can also feel self-conscious about the “hole” in their mouth.
It’s normal for children to have some worries about this much-anticipated milestone. To alleviate your child’s concerns, let him know that losing a tooth won’t be painful, that it happens to all children as they grow, and that his new teeth will come in soon.
Regardless of your child’s reaction, losing a tooth is an event to celebrate. A gift from you or the tooth fairy will certainly be received with delight. Save the tooth or take a few pictures of your child’s new smile to look back on when he’s older.
When your child is starting to lose his or her teeth, they will want to wiggle and play with it. This is normal and encouraged. The tooth will eventually fall out on its own. However, you should instruct your child to not yank or put unnatural force on the tooth if it’s not quite ready to come out. This can damage roots, harm sensitive gum tissue and even cause infection. Losing a tooth is usually never painful.

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