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Dear Dentist in Cape May County – How Should I Pull That Tooth?

little girl showing missing tooth

As a parent, there are so many questions that you have about caring for your children. Specifically, you have several that involve their oral health. What if you could sit and craft a letter to your dentist in Cape May County to ask some of these questions? What would you ask? One of the questions would be, how do you properly pull your children’s teeth from their mouths? After all, you think it would be fun to use some of the tricks you’ve seen on You Tube, but your dentist says be careful. What seems harmless could lead to big problems. Learn more about this as you read on.


There are all types of videos surfacing of parents using parlor tricks like tying one end of a string to a child’s loose tooth and the other to a doorknob, then slamming the door shut to extract the tooth. Does that make you cringe? It should.

Such tactics appear to be fun and carefree when performed online, but sometimes the cameras don’t show the examples of what can happen when a particular trick doesn’t work. Your dentist says there could be serious consequences.


If too much force is used, or a tooth is pulled that wasn’t quite ready to fall out, you run the risk of damaging the sensitive gum tissue and bone around it and the possibility of infection, bleeding or pain. These are all problems that could be avoided by showing a little patience and allowing nature to run its course, or contacting your dentist for guidance.


In general, the first teeth to start coming in will be the first to leave, and when they are ready to be extracted or fall out, the roots will have dissolved.

On most occasions, your children will be the first to know that their teeth are loose. And they have natural ways of encouraging the roots to dissolve, like wiggling them with their tongue or occasionally touching them with their fingers. Nature has already accounted for their innate curiosity. Just make sure that they wash their hands well before probing their mouths.

If you’re unsure about what to do when the time comes for your children’s teeth to wiggle and jiggle, just reach out to your dentist for guidance on how to handle the extraction or go in to the office so that he can safely pull it.

About the Author

Dr. Scott J. Maslow received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Chemistry and Political Science at Case Western Reserve University. He then went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Temple Dental School. Although he is an experienced dentist, Dr. Maslow still pursues hours of continuing education each year to stay abreast of the advancements in dentistry. He practices at Diamond Beach Dental and can be reached for more information through his website.

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