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25 April 2018

Tooth loss in children can happen at any age, with different consequences.

In an ideal world, our children would lose their baby teeth and then go on to have a full, even and healthy set of great looking adult teeth.

If only the world really did work in that way!  For many of us, this is not the case, and a number of problems can arise which need treating by one of our Surbiton dental team.

Tooth loss is perhaps one of the most potentially dramatic of changes that can occur, often quite suddenly. If you are a parent and this happens, it is naturally quite concerning, but don’t panic, here are some tips on what to do if and when this happens.

Baby teeth

When your child loses a baby tooth, there really is no need to be concerned. This is entirely natural. Usually, though not always, the first baby tooth to erupt is also the first one to fall out. This can start to happen around four years old and as late as seven. Whilst it can happen earlier or later, most children lose them between these years and it may be worth having your children’s teeth checked at the Confidental Clinic if you are worried that they are coming out too early or too late, just to ensure that there are no underlying problems.

The reality is that parents are much more likely to be worried about these early tooth losses than the child, who is probably more concerned with what they will spend the money on, left by the tooth fairy of course.

Make sure to monitor that the child’s adult teeth do come through. This may take a few weeks. If you are concerned that they have not come through when you feel they should have, please call our Surbiton practice for advice.

Grown up teeth

Once the second set of teeth comes through, these are teeth for life and any loss means that there are no more teeth waiting to replace them. Hence it is very important that we look after them well with regular brushing, flossing, dental and hygienist visits. Even if we do this though, tooth loss is still possible and is particularly concerning where it is a second tooth. Unless a tooth has to be extracted due to decay for example, the most likely cause of loss in children is through an accident, perhaps playing sport. If they play regularly, it is worth considering a mouthguard. Even a ‘kick about’ in the garden though can result in a tooth being knocked clean out of the socket, so it’s always best to err on the side of caution.

If a tooth is knocked out, try not to panic, and remain calm. This will also help to keep your child calm too.  Pick the tooth up by the crown part, avoiding touching the root. Give it a rinse in water but do not brush, scrub or even wipe it. Where possible return it to the socket, but if this is not possible, put it in a clean container in some milk and call the Confidental Clinic immediately. If you act quickly; depending on the circumstances, it may be possible for us to help the child keep the natural tooth, avoiding the need for an artificial replacement tooth.

You can call the Confidental Clinic in Surbiton on 020 8399 1291 for general or emergency appointments. If you require help in an emergency, please explain the circumstances to our receptionist who will attempt to arrange an appointment for you as soon as possible.

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