Question regarding child losing first tooth HELP!


I am definitely one of those "paranoid mamas" that makes a mountain out of a mole hill. My child lost his first tooth about 6 days ago, now a second is loose (right next to it). We keep his teeth brushed so I was curious if this is normal. How frequently do kids lose a tooth after their first and if its not really loose (just moves slightly) is it a safety hazard to let them go to bed? sorry to sound so freaked but I don't want him to accidently choke while he sleeps. Help!
Aug 06, 2013 @ 09:46 pm

6 Replies


totally normal (most likely)

It would be good to know how old your child is? Most kids start losing around 4-5 yrs old, and my kids did lose several back to back. One week my daughter lost 3 teeth, and the last tooth wasn't even loose until a few days before it came out.

As far as a choking hazard, that's certainly something we moms worry about, but my kids have swallowed teeth in their sleep. If it's any comfort, think about how small a tooth is compared to a bite of food - it's a lot smaller! There is no risk (presumably) of it becoming stuck in the esophagus, so it will probably go straight down into the stomach and it won't make them sick to digest it.

If your child has other underlying health conditions, I would check with your pediatrician, but if he/she is otherwise healthy you don't need to worry.

One last thought: if you have not already started, now would be a good time to take your child to the dentist for regular checkups.
Aug 07, 2013 @ 09:27 am

No worries

Children lose teeth at all different times, some right after another and some may take months to lose another one. I wouldn't worry about your child sleeping either. I've never heard of a child choking on a tooth that happened to fall out while they were sleeping. If it did happen to fall out while they were sleeping, you'd most likely find it some where in their bed, or on the floor, or like mamaluv said just swallowed it. Something else she mentioned that is a good idea is to take your child to see the Dentist if you haven't already. The sooner you do the better off you'll be in the long run. Your child will be a lot more comfortable going if they've gone since they were little, plus its a good idea health wise. Dentists can tell us more about our health then just what maybe going on with our teeth.
Aug 07, 2013 @ 09:37 am


Thanks girls! By the way, he is 5 and I've been taking him to see the dentist regularly since he started getting teeth. With your advice I have scheduled a check up at the dentist to make sure all is well however he is healthy. I really appreciate your help!
Aug 07, 2013 @ 11:51 am

very normal for 5-yr-old

If he's 5 then I'm not at all surprised that he lost 2 teeth in a short period of time. He will probably lose lots of teeth, take a long break, lose a bunch more, take another break, etc. My kids were like that.
Aug 07, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

My Experience

I don't have kids, but when I was younger I used to lose my teeth one right after the other. I lost my two front teeth in two days haha.
Aug 09, 2013 @ 04:36 am

no worries mama

I am a dental assistant and to tell you the truth is, this is totally normal.
Regular trips to the dentist and brushing and flossing are very important.
You can buy child friendly flossers, they are plastic floss holders, best thing is you don't have
to re-floss anything, they are disposable!
Perfect for children because they don't need help which helps them feel independent, it will also encourage your
child to do have great dental health throughout his life
Aug 11, 2013 @ 03:30 pm

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