Managing a Child's Loose Tooth
Sometimes a loose baby tooth refuses to come out on its own. If a child's tooth moves back and forth easily without pain, follow these steps to pull it out:
Wash your hands with soap and water.
Have the child open wide.
Using a clean gauze pad to improve your grip, gently pull the tooth out with your fingers.
Have the child lean slightly forward if the gum around the tooth bleeds.
Using a new gauze pad, apply pressure to the gum area until the bleeding stops.
Seek professional medical or dental help if bleeding continues after applying pressure for 15 minutes.
March 21, 2017
Godsey, Cynthia M.S., M.S.N., APRN