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#1 NEprairiemom

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 06:18 PM

my almost 9 year old has only lost 2 teeth so far and right now his upper front tooth is VERY loose, but it just won't let go...but it is really bothering him...but it hurts to pull or mess with it. How can we help him out?? any thoughts for me???

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 06:32 PM

What I do is tie a slip knot in a piece of dental floss and tighten the floss around the remaining root. Sometimes pulling the floss tight (tightening the loop) will pop the tooth out. Other times I'll leave it on and have the kid fiddle with it off and on all day. The other day I got my 6yo to agree to give it 100 tugs. After about 60 tugs the tooth came out.

My oldest had two stubborn ones that we eventually just had the dentist yank out (after numbing the gum).

Good luck!

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 06:35 PM

When my son has a very loose tooth, periodically he comes to me through out the day and asks me to pull it out. I will tug and if it still feels too tight, will leave it alone. But when it feels like just about to come out, I'll use a napkin, grasp the tooth and yank. Usually comes out. If you give it a couple tugs and still won't come out, it's not ready. Unfortunately loose teeth are painful and an annoyance. My kiddo complains and complains until its out. In the meantime, give him some pain medicine and soft foods.

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 06:58 PM

When they are hanging by threads I grab them with a piece of gauze and pull. The gauze catches on the tooth and makes for easier pulling.

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 06:59 PM

Twist it.

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 07:19 PM

What I do is tie a slip knot in a piece of dental floss and tighten the floss around the remaining root. Sometimes pulling the floss tight (tightening the loop) will pop the tooth out. Other times I'll leave it on and have the kid fiddle with it off and on all day. The other day I got my 6yo to agree to give it 100 tugs. After about 60 tugs the tooth came out.

My oldest had two stubborn ones that we eventually just had the dentist yank out (after numbing the gum).

Good luck!


This is what my dh does. If they're fairly loose, they pop right out.

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 08:26 PM

I stated early on that I would not pull teeth; I will supply apples, chewy candy, gauze, etc., but I will not pull teeth. BUT, then my son had one that was so loose it was getting stuck sideways. Someone suggested the dental floss thing others have mentioned, and now I am my son's hero. And if I can do it, anyone can. As long as you can get the floss all the way around the inside of the tooth, so it is floss to skin (root?) all the way around, and not floss-on-tooth, you can just cross the ends and pull, and pop goes the tooth. I've had them fly many feet away, but they always pop right out with no pain and minimal blood.

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 08:38 PM

I would leave it.

Call your dentist, and get her/his opinion.

Or feed your child bagels, or have in jump into a pool. For us, more pressure/activity/chewing was needed.

I say this because my children have lost teeth completely after water play and bagel -chomping. ;) If you do the Tooth Fairy, a quick note can alert her to teeth location. :)

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 08:48 PM

Our dentist is within walking distance of our house. If it's a really bad one and the child is not up for all my knot-tying, door-slamming, and gauze-pulling tricks, I just take them down to Dr. Bruce who always has a minute to yank a tooth. He doesn't charge for that.

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 09:04 PM

Ds has 4 like that right now....I got dh to pull one tonight. Hope to get another tomorrow and will try the dental floss!

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 09:07 PM

Ds had a tooth hanging on for about a month or more, driving him (and me!) crazy. He was scared for me to pull it, but finally asked me if I could pull it at night when he was asleep. I had to try a couple of times (he would close up his lips tightly when I tried, but eventually I got in) and pulled it without him even waking up. He was thrilled the next morning, and I have a feeling he will ask me to do this again! Fortunately he is a rather heavy sleeper.

After I pulled it, I regretted not doing it earlier... his permanent tooth is coming in slanted and behind it now, rather than underneath it... really it was probably like that anyway, which is why it wasn't pushing out the baby tooth the way it should. But still I wonder if it would be SO far back on his gum if I'd just gotten that baby tooth out of its way sooner. Hopefully I didn't just doom us to orthodontia!

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 11:54 AM

Just don't do what dh did with ds2--kicked a soccer ball in his face. :ohmy: It was completely accidental. They'd been kicking the ball around in the yard and dh got a little too much lift on the ball and it hit ds right in the mouth. And the tooth fell out. Poor ds--this happened to him twice!

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 01:13 PM

Tie dental floss around it...give it a swift yank. Tooth will come out. Guaranteed.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 01:32 PM

My dd's last tooth came out in a strawberry. I think an apple or bagel might be a better bet though.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 01:45 PM

Offer a bribe for it to be out by the end of the week. That works here. LOL

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 02:01 PM

Try some oral-gel in the 'well' at the base of the tooth. Let it get numb for a bit and then twist.
My dear boy lost his first tooth a few days before his 8th birthday and then didn't lose another on for almost a year. Poor kid is 12 and still losing the early 'baby teeth'

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 02:04 PM

I'll admit that I'm too squeamish to pull my kid's tooth out. Eeek, the thought makes me want to hurl. I guess dentistry is not my calling.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 02:59 PM

DD had hers pulled out by a friend who is a dentist and has that "special tool" just last week. I was really grateful.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 07:01 PM

Just don't do what dh did with ds2--kicked a soccer ball in his face. :ohmy: It was completely accidental. They'd been kicking the ball around in the yard and dh got a little too much lift on the ball and it hit ds right in the mouth. And the tooth fell out. Poor ds--this happened to him twice!


I'd totally forgotten about this, but my 9 yo had a tooth pop out when he ran into a door frame. It was not loose but was due to be pulled a couple of weeks later. Saved us $172!

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 07:15 PM

My father would tie a string around it and connect it to a doorknob and shut the door. I never pulled any of my daughter's teeth. They just fell out when she was eating ... it could be bread and they would fall out. She has really small roots.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 07:21 PM

Do not just leave it. When I was young I had a loose tooth for ages - I could twist it completely around! I was too squeamish to pull it out myself, and too private to ask for help, until finally the dentist noticed, numbed the gum, and popped it out for me. All my teeth in that area are slanted because of it. Luckily the area doesn't show when I smile, but it is hard to clean, and my my face is slightly asymmetrical at the jawline (you'd have to be really examining my face to see it, though).

#22 NEprairiemom

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 08:29 AM

my son woke up sobbing yesterday...he thought he had swallowed his tooth and thought that the tooth fairy wouldn't visit him....but luckily we found it and the tooth fairy came last night....all is good in our home now.

I was all prepared to do the dental floss trick....but didn't need to...so I am keeping that in my back pocket for next time. thanks all!!!!


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