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Why should I let my child's teeth fall out on their own?

Megan  Chin, DDS
Pediatric Dentistry
Encourage your child to gently push a loose tooth with his finger or tongue. You don’t want to prematurely wiggle or pull their tooth out. Only your child will know his pain threshold and how much he can push the tooth around. Thus you do not want to cause unnecessary discomfort or risk leaving a fragment of the tooth behind, which can potentially lead to infection. Occasionally, an accident may knock a tooth out early or make an extraction necessary, but only a dental professional should make that determination and remove the teeth safely.

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