loss of baby teeth issues

Shauna - posted on 03/14/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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my 5yr old daughter has 2 loose teeth (bottom) the right one already had the adult tooth growing in behind it and for 3 weeks won't get any looser. the left bottom tooth is getting looser but also has some brown pus coming out of the gums and it is sore to wiggle she says--pus has now stopped but it is abit swollen--i think the adult tooth is coming in here as well. should i be worried and have the right baby tooth extracted? could that be whey there was pus buildup--from the pressure but no loss of tooth--from the pressure? my dentist claims it will come out on its own and doesn't think it warrants a visit to the dentist--but i am not so sure--am i overworrying?

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Kelly - posted on 03/14/2009

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When kids get a loose tooth it is a bit uncomfortable for them to brush around it. That may the reason for the "puss". I would try to encourage better brushing around the loose teeth, and that should help out, if it continues to stay sore try a warm salt water rinse. You can make it by just adding a little table salt to warm tap water (just don't let her swallow it). Her teeth should fall out when they are ready, it could take a month or longer. Don't worry she should be fine.

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I had this problem as a child and now my oldest is having the same issues. The dentist wouldn't pull them and the orthodontist said not to worry, they will fall out eventually. One time it took my daughters tooth 6 months to come out with the adult tooth behind it. I had to encourage her to wiggle it often though because kids just forget about the tooth or don't like how uncomfortable it is and so they just leave it, then it doesn't seem to fall out. The orthodontist had my daughter use a popcicle stick and poke at it, that seemed to get her going.

The puss thing is concerning. Could lead to damage in the root, which would be awfully painful. I would definitely have that checked out. So many teeth, gum, mouth infections can get into the blood stream if not taken care of so its probably best just to have it looked at to make sure its nothing to worry about.

User - posted on 03/20/2009

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My daughter had the same problem without the tooth. I took her do the dentist that asked to wait as the other tooth was still very tiny. I ended up having them extracted before the new tooth was half out and the new teeth are almost in the right place now. I don't believe having pus is a good thing since it can lead to gum infection... I don't think she would be very happy about it also. My opinion is to take her to the dentist, it is not a matter of worth the visit or no, it is a matter of making sure things are all right. Maybe you should take her to a kids dentist instead. Good luck and I hope the tooth fairy visit your home soon.

Kathryn - posted on 03/20/2009

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my daughter had similar problem with fang teeth. Dentist told me to wait 3 months. They didnt fall out in this toime so he gently pulled them. The big teeth then moved into perfect position

Jennifer - posted on 03/19/2009

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I would strongly advise taking her in to see a dentist.  It's obviously uncomfortable for your daughter and if the puss has stopped and the area is swollen it can lead to more problems.  I hope she feels better soon



 

Jennifer - posted on 03/15/2009

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If her adult teeth are growing in, and her baby teeth haven't fallen out yet, you night need to take her in. My husband had to go in and have his baby teeth taken out because they won't fall out.

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