My neice, Lana, and I have started a tradition where I am her go to person to pull out her loose teeth. This started because her parents didn’t have the heart to do it themselves, lol. After pulling out roughly 4 or 5 baby teeth, I developed a system to extract her teeth with as little pain and as much ease as possible!
I remember having to pull out my own baby teeth when I was younger because I would get so scared to have an adult do it for me. There was one time I let me mom pull one of my tooth and it was so traumatizing it never happened again. She had to hold me down to pull out my tooth and while the actual extraction wasn’t that bad, being held down and feeling helpless to the situation was worse for me.
Having undergone this traumatic experience I wanted to make these milestone tooth extractions a more comfortable experience for my niece. That’s why I always make sure to have a routine mapped out that she knows so she can prepare for each and every step.
Before I start I always make sure to have the following essentials prepped and ready.
- Sewing Thread– I find that regular thread works better than dental floss because it grips better.
- A Cup of Warm Salt Water– I add about 2 tbs salt to 1 cup warm water
- Cotton Balls– To soak up blood after the tooth is pulled. (trust me, kids will freak out the moment they taste their own blood in their mouth)
- Napkins/Paper Towels– in case you need it for clean up. I also just place my cotton balls and everything I use on napkins to keep them clean.
- Oral Numbing Gel– you don’t really need this but I found that it has really helped my niece out psychologically. It numbs their gums just enough so that they feel comfortable and are not as scared by the possible pain. This also allows the kids to feel like they have more control of the situation. Lana has asked me to reapply the numbing gel in the past. By having something that works as sort of a security blanket, it helps ease their tension which makes the whole process goes a lot smoother.
The Slip Knot:
You want to create a slip knot, which is a knot that has a loop in it that can be tightened. The way I tied my knot is pretty much by starting with a basic knot without pulling it tight, then I made a loop using the side with the longer string and stuck the loop though the loose knot, and tightened the knot over the loop. Lol, my method is a lot harder to explain, so you can watch this video which does a MUCH better job explaining it than I did:
By sticking to this process, Lana knows exactly what to expect when I need to pull out her loose baby teeth. This makes it a lot more comfortable for her and a lot less stressful for me and her parents.
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