Children have a pretty big window when it comes to losing teeth. While most of them will lose their first tooth around 5 or 6, it’s possible that they can lose a tooth as early as 4, or as late as 8. So yes, there’s a 4-year window where that first (potentially traumatic) event. Given that most kids lose their first tooth between the ages 5-6 however, there’s a pretty good chance they can lose the tooth during school hours. So what do you do?
We all know that being poked and prodded for an hour isn’t a fun thing. As dentists, we do all we can to increase the comfort of this experience (and we’ve come a very long way in a short amount of time), but somethings can’t be helped. If you’ve ever walked away from a dental cleaning with sore and tender gums, then you know that it’s not the nicest thing in the world. There IS a practical reason to why your gums are sore after a cleaning, however, and it’s not because we dentists like to make people suffer. Most of the time your bleeding gums mean one thing, someone hasn’t regularly been flossing.
Donuts. Ice Cream. Twizzlers. Coke-a-Cola.