Loose Baby Tooth? Top Advice from Dentists

Will it bleed a lot?

Not if a tooth falls out naturally. Having your child rinse her mouth with water should take care of it. If the tooth was knocked or wiggled out, it'll likely bleed more. Have her bite down on gauze or a clean towel. It may take up to an hour for the bleeding to subside.

When will she get permanent teeth?
It often takes a few weeks to see the ridges of the new tooth, and a few months before it's fully grown. But sometimes permanent teeth start growing in behind baby teeth, says Shehzad Sheikh, D.M.D., a dentist in Sterling, Virginia. If they're more than halfway in, ask a dentist if the baby tooth needs to be pulled. Also check with her if a new tooth is crooked or discolored.

Pillow Talk
What's the going rate from the Tooth Fairy for a child's first lost tooth? According to a recent poll of about 550 readers on parents.com, the most popular amount is $1. More than 40 percent reported that the Tooth Fairy left a dollar bill or coin under their child's pillow.

Originally published in the August 2010 issue of Parents magazine.

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