Is your child experiencing a loose molar, or have they already lost it? Dealing with your child’s first molar loss is different than dealing with losing a front tooth. A molar is farther back in the mouth, which means it’s used more often when eating. It will take your child longer to adjust while their new molar grows in.
In the meantime, you may have questions. What happens with the space where the old molar was? Is it painful for your child? How do I help with molar tooth loss? How do I explain losing baby teeth to my child?
Luckily, learning how to help with molar tooth loss isn’t as difficult as you may think. There are many methods to prepare for the first tooth loss up until they finish losing all their baby teeth.
What to Do after Your Kid Loses a Molar
Children will generally begin to lose their first teeth around the age of six, although the timing will, of course, vary from child to child. Teeth tend to fall out in the order that they came in. However, if a child loses a tooth prematurely due to an accident you should definitely take a visit to the dentist. Losing a tooth early may mean that your child’s permanent teeth won’t have enough space to grow.
Losing baby teeth is always a new experience for your child as they get used to the new space in their mouth. The way they eat or brush their teeth will change drastically to accommodate their first molar loss. Here are some tips to ease the process:
After the molar falls out
Right after your child loses a tooth, have them gargle with warm water mixed with a bit of salt. Your child can continue to brush their teeth as always, but they will need to take caution not to brush too hard. Aggressive brushing after losing a tooth may cause bleeding and irritation.
Cure for the pain
Tooth loss for children happens so the mouth can prepare for adult teeth to come in. This means the new tooth will be pushing through the gums, which can cause swelling. For many children, this process will feel painful and uncomfortable. Dentists recommend using ice packs or topical analgesics to relieve any pain they are experiencing. If those treatments don’t help, a mild painkiller like ibuprofen may provide more relief.
With their first molar loss, your child can often have a hard time eating with their new empty space, especially a couple of days after they lost their tooth. Their gums are swollen and they might have to learn to eat with the other side of their mouth.
Help them with their pain by giving them softer foods to eat the first days after the tooth loss. It makes it more manageable for them to eat their food with their missing molar. Avoid giving your child foods or beverages that can damage their teeth such as soda and sugary treats.
Visit Your Child’s Dentist to Help with the First Molar Loss
The team at Cabrillo Family Dental Care are always here to help you and your child with their tooth loss. Schedule regular dental visits to help your child understand their tooth loss and other preventative dental care while also getting any information you need to assist.