What to do about that wobbly, loose tooth?


What to do about that pesky loose tooth.


Wobbly baby teeth are one of the important developmental milestones for any child and parent. It can be an exciting time to look forward to, with the arrival of the big adult teeth, but can also spark anxiety and discomfort. This will usually start around the age of 6. From 6 to 12 years, children will usually have a mixture of adult and baby teeth.




Wiggly and sore teeth can create anxiety for some children who have not experienced this before. They may avoid eating, drinking, and brushing, but teeth still need to be cared for, so it’s important to keep up with your daily cleaning routine. The gums surrounding the loose tooth can become red, swollen, painful, and may bleed slightly. Reassuring your child that this is normal is important at this stage. It’s important to let the teeth fall out on their own.

How to manage the pain with a loose tooth.

Cold compresses are one of the easiest ways to help reduce loose tooth pain in children. You can do so by placing ice cubes in a plastic zip lock bag and covering it with a cloth or paper towel. Apply this to the outside of your child’s face in 10-15 minute intervals, and repeat if necessary. Please do not apply this directly onto the gums as this can cause burning of the delicate tissues inside the mouth.

More severe pain may require anti-inflammatory medications to lessen the swelling and pain, these can be purchased from the chemist if required. But do make sure to consult your GP or pharmacist to ensure the correct dosages are given to your child.


Thanks Tu-Anh, our Oral Health Therapist at the Essendon clinic. Great information for parents of younger children who are beginning to loose teeth. If you would like to talk to her about this or any other questions you may have, please contact us and make an appointment on 03 9372 8960.

If you or your child are anxious about losing teeth, it may be an ideal time for a checkup.
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