A GREAT WAY to make the prospect of losing that first baby tooth less scary is to help kids see it as a rite of passage: losing baby teeth is a major part of being a big kid, just like learning to ride a bike and tie their own shoelaces. Itâ€™s a big, exciting step, and hopefully theyâ€™ll be able to see it that way with a little help.
Whatâ€™s Your Strategy?
Any loose tooth game plan should include the actual strategy for helping the tooth come out. We would discourage parents from chasing their kids around with a pair of pliers, as that wonâ€™t be very fun for them. Encourage them to wiggle the tooth often with their tongue or a clean finger to help it along, and try not to force the issue if theyâ€™re still too nervous. Itâ€™s generally best to wait until the tooth is very loose.
Give Your Child an Active Role
When it comes to pulling the tooth out, thereâ€™s the old standby of tying some dental floss around a doorknob, but parents could also make it a little more unique by tying the floss to a Nerf dart, a toy arrow, or the dogâ€™s collar. See which one the child likes best.
Donâ€™t Forget to Celebrate!
Once the tooth is out, itâ€™s time to celebrate! That could be as simple as waiting for the Tooth Fairy, but maybe a new toy or a trip to get ice cream would be more exciting. Including some kind of reward, even a small one, will help them have something to focus on besides the scary parts.