Toddlers are supposed to lose their baby teeth so that the incoming adult teeth can make their debut without any problems. In most cases, toddlers lose their baby teeth naturally or because of an impactful force. However, sometimes, a baby teeth may need to be pulled to make room for the incoming adult tooth. This may be necessary for your child to avoid crowding and misalignment. If a dentist recommends that your toddler get a tooth pulled, be sure to follow these tips.

Discourage Straw Use and Swishing

For at least 24 hours after your child’s extraction, their newly exposed socket will be very sensitive. One way to ensure they don’t lose their healthy blood clot is to discourage them from using a straw or swishing. These two things can dislodge the clot or make it come loose.

Adhere to Soft Food

Be sure to only serve your child soft foods that are easy to chew. Hard foods can cause pain and discomfort in the sensitive area of their mouth. We suggest foods like soup, yogurt, applesauce, scrambled eggs, and mashed potatoes.

Take Advantage of Ice Packs

A few days after your child’s tooth gets pulled, they may experience swollen cheeks. Applying an ice pack to their cheeks every few hours can help them reduce swelling and feel more comfortable.

Create a Saltwater Rinse

A saltwater rinse can clean your child’s exposed socket after about 24 hours. Simply combine 8 oz of warm water with a teaspoon of salt and help your child gently swish the saltwater in their mouth for 30 to 45 seconds.

Contact Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

If you’re wondering whether your toddler’s tooth needs to be pulled, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our pediatric dentists. Call us at 703-348-2813 today.