A Problem Shared: Tooth Trouble

A Problem Shared Health | by | 10th Jun 2016


Cath from Bridgend has sent in a question about her son’s dental health for us to get our teeth in to.

My son’s bottom tooth is wobbly. Do I try to get it out? He is saying it’s hurting a bit to bite on it. Do I have to give him mushy food? Is it okay to bite on it? When will the new one grow? What if he swallows it? He is 5 years old and I have never taken him to the dentist. Where can I find a NHS dentist and how do I look after his dental health?

Our FamilyPoint advice to Cath…

Hi, thank you for contacting us regarding your son’s wobbly tooth. It’s very normal for a child’s milk teeth to become loose and fall out in their own time around this age, making way for their adult teeth to come through.

Keep an eye on the gums and make sure you brush gently – and if having pain, then baby teething gel is good to use. It is important that your son still eats healthily, and if it is uncomfortable then soft food is an option. The tooth will come out in its own time, but may bleed a little when it finally falls out, this can be stopped with a little pressure from a wet cloth. If he swallows it, there is usually no need for concern. Nature will make sure it makes its way out!

If you are still concerned or the tooth has come loose after a fall or bump, then a trip to the dentist may help to reassure you.  There are many NHS dentists available throughout Wales; to find one in your area, please check here.

The NHS recommends brushing teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and you can find out more about looking after teeth here.

If there is anything else we can help you with, you can contact us at FamilyPoint Cymru via phone 0300 222 57 57, text 07860 052 905, or IM/Chat. We are open Monday – Thursday 6pm – 10pm and Friday & Saturday 10am – 2pm.

Kind Regards
FamilyPoint Cymru


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