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Do parents still pull out kids' loose teeth?

Asked by Jeruba (47745points) February 21st, 2018

Or do they think these days that they ought to take the child to a dentist for that?

No doubt some kids still wiggle their loose teeth out, preferably at a time and place that will gross somebody out.


Tags as I wrote them: teeth, loose tooth, kids, dental work, Tooth Fairy.

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janbb's avatar

I’d have to ask my son in Paris; don’t know.

Demosthenes's avatar

I’ve never heard of parents doing it. Mine seem to all come out while eating; quite a disturbing feeling when you’re about to consume your own tooth. xD

MrGrimm888's avatar

^I think I remember people giving me bananas, when I had a loose tooth. Kinda messed up. I probably ingested half of my baby teeth.

elbanditoroso's avatar

My granddaughter pulls out her own. No one else is allowed to touch.

She has one that is hanging by a string, and I offered to yank it, but she says “I’ll handle it”

zenvelo's avatar

My kids lost their teeth only by them coming out by themselves; never an intervention.

(Until it came to wisdom teeth, those were all pullled by oral surgeon.)

flutherother's avatar

My milk teeth all came out naturally by themselves and it was the same with my children. The only difference was the amount the tooth fairies paid.

johnpowell's avatar

I’m not sure how we define “still”.. But 30 years ago I remember being terrified in my grandpas RV. Pliers in one hand and a tennis ball in the other. Squeeze when it hurts and my two front teeth were gone in a few minutes.

Looking back.. This was probably less stressful than going to the dentist.

rojo's avatar

I remember my mom doing this once. And once only. After that I didn’t tell her when one was loose until it fell out.

“Fell” is not really the proper word, I pushed and pulled it in all directions with tongue and fingers until it came out.

I offered to do it to both my kids but neither took me up on it.

With my granddaughter I tied a string to the door and offered her the other end to tie to her tooth. She ran from the room screaming “Mommmmmmmmmm!!!!”

Dutchess_III's avatar

Of course they do! Or the kids pull them themselves. Why on earth would anyone go to the dentist for such a thing?
When my son was about 3 his older sister had a loose tooth. His suggestion for getting it out was, “We tie her to the door then SLAM the door!”

Dutchess_III's avatar

When I was about 9 there was one memorable day when I lost 3 teeth on the same day! Teeth falling left and right! I remember pulling one when I was out in a wheat field with my friend.

Mariah's avatar

It’s been 15+ years since I lost a tooth, but for what it’s worth I don’t really remember having my parents pull any…maybe one or two. The school nurse pulled a whole lot more than that, which I do remember. Lots of them just worked their way out on their own too. Definitely never went to the dentist for it.

I was pretty squeamish about it and quite happy when I finished losing them. I still have nightmares where my teeth are falling out.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Is a fascinatingly gross thing, isn’t it!

janbb's avatar

I remember the feeling of wiggling it back and forth on its last “legs” until it came out. Don’t remember my parents or a dentist ever pulling one.

Aster's avatar

I always thought the owner of the loose teeth did it. I know I did. I’d just sit and gently twist and twist. lol Ah, the crushing problems of childhood.

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