While a loose tooth is common in children, it can also cause concern among adults. Anything from poor oral hygiene, advanced gum disease, grinding on teeth, chewing on hard food, or an injury to the mouth can damage your tooth and loosen it. While it is always preferable to save a tooth, pulling out a cracked, infected, or diseased tooth will help protect your other teeth. Visit your dentist if your loose tooth causes severe pain and needs to be pulled out immediately.
Here are a few tips to help you pull out your loose tooth painlessly.
Wiggle the tooth back and forth with your clean hands or tongue, as it will help loosen it and fall out on its own.
Strenuous brushing and flossing will help remove a loose tooth without pain. Brushing in an up-and-down motion that rubs each side of the loose tooth will make it fall out. Curving the floss around the bottom of the loose tooth will also cause it to fall out.
Make use of a cold, wet washcloth or medical gauze to grip and remove a loose tooth. If you think the tooth is not loose enough to come out painlessly, slightly wiggle it while holding it with a gauze or wet cloth. This will help the loose tooth come out quickly and stop the bleeding if any.
If you find that your tooth is still hanging despite all the wiggling, give it a gentle but firm twist, and then pull it out. Make sure you use clean fingers or gauze for twisting and pulling the tooth.
If your loose tooth is not coming out easily and causing problems such as severe pain or discomfort, visit your dentist to get it removed.
Pulling a loose tooth before it is ready to come out on its own can break the root, leaving the gap prone to infection and plaque buildup. However, if your tooth is loose enough to pull out, follow these tips above.
If you are experiencing swelling, pain, or excessive bleeding because of a loose tooth or difficulty pulling it out on your own, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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