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Old 07-19-2003, 08:34 AM
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Question Pulling out baby teeth

My dd5 almost 6 is working on pulling out her 2nd baby tooth....she has been working on it for about a month
With the first one it took a few weeks and then grandma helped with the final little pull (because the tip of her adult tooth was showing!!) Just curious as to how long it took your kids to pull out a tooth.
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Old 07-19-2003, 02:21 PM
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Funny that you should mention this. My DS is 5 ( will be 6 in Oct.) and just lost his second tooth 2 days ago. Actually, I pulled it because he was too afraid to do it. The first tooth took about 3 weeks to get to the point were it was just hanging by one root . The second tooth was a lot faster -about 1 1/2 weeks. The first one was being pushed by his adlut tooth but we cant see his 2nd adult tooth yet.

Like Shawn said, it depends on the child. I watched my son like a hawk witht the first one because I didnt want him to swallow it and not be able to give it to the tooth fairy!! ;-) That was a major event to him. He received $5.00 for that one and when I told him that she would probably only leave him one dollar for the rest of his teeth he said " Yeah, right Mommy....she is going to leave me at least $20.00 this time!!" ( He was happy with the dollar but not nearly as happy as he planned on being with the $20.00! LOL!!)

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Old 08-01-2003, 05:48 PM
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The Tooth Fairy

My very eager soon to be 6 year old has yet to loose any baby teeth and I am very grateful they have thus far, stayed in place. Did you know that the longer they wait, the healthier the teeth will be? So with that in mind, her cousin just lost one. And yet we still wait. She was 7 months when she cut her first tooth. So I guess the old adage goes without saying, the longer it takes to come in? The longer it takes to go out.
I know 1st grade is going to be a nightmare with all the children showing off spaces in their teeth. I hope mine is 8 before she looses any. Glad she is healthy in all respects.
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Old 08-01-2003, 11:33 PM
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4 1/2 months is the longest it has taken for one of my ds to lose a tooth, painstaking months, it just hung on by one little thread for most of that time too!!
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It really depends on whether the adult tooth is coming in yet or not. My children have been going through this for 5 years or so now and they'll tell me they have a loose tooth then I wont hear anything for awhile. Next thing you know, they'll be showing me a tooth hanging by a thread. <yuck> I never let that stay put. They can't eat when it's that bad. My DD is a fraidy cat when it comes to having it pulled but the boy is much braver.

I wouldn't worry about the length of time. Spend your time worrying about how you'll get that tooth out from under the pillow without waking them.

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Losing a Tooth

Wish I could help. Our daughter lost her first tooth overnight. Most of her teeth were lost when no one was near or she pulled them out on her own and lost or threw them away. (Boy did I save a fortune). Out of all of her teeth we managed to save ONE. I gave it to my Mom who put it in her safety deposit box. However, when Mom died and we opened the box (court order and bank officer there) there wasn't anything but a paper clip and a used pencil. My sister and I know everyone thought we were insane when we insisted that we KNEW Mom kept El's tooth in the box, to Hades with the money and jewelry. (Too long of a story to tell what our suspicions are and no way to prove it becasue the bank didn't always photocopy drivers licenses or make people sign in.)The tooth, money and jewelry have yet to turn up.
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My son who is now almost 8 had this same problem. We talked to our dentist and she said if it is a bottom tooth not to worry. They will come out pretty easy and on there own. If it is a tooth on the top that is a whole different story. She said the top front teeth will hang on by a thread for a very long time and if they do they will make the permanant teeth crooked. It is very hard to correct crooked top teeth. Her advice was to use a kleenex on the tooth so you or your child can get a good grip on it and just keep working it back and forth. It wasn't long before my son had his loose teeth out. Which means the tooth fairy has had to put out a lot of money in a short period of time.
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