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Fun Ways to Pull a Loose Tooth

added on: June 3, 2015
little girl pointing to her missing front tooth

The jiggle, the wiggle, the waggle, the first loose tooth. It’s an important milestone in every kid’s life, and most of them are really excited to experience it. It’s fun to move it back and forth with the tongue, but sooner or later, it will fall out. But the fun doesn’t need to stop there. At our Long Island pediatric dental office, we’ve heard of a few fun ways to pull a loose tooth, and we’d like to share.

The Tried and True: See Your Dentist

We know it may not be YouTube worthy, but we promise it’s fun and safe. A quick visit to your pediatric dentist in Long Island can make pulling a loose tooth easy and is perfect for kids who may be a bit nervous. We’re gentle, we’re experienced, we know kids, and we’ve pulled a few teeth in our day. Just let us know if you’d like our help.

The Classic: Floss to a Doorknob

This method goes back farther than we can remember and has successfully pulled many teeth. With a simple piece of floss, a doorknob, and quick slam of the door, a really loose tooth is quickly popped free.

The Out of This World: Remote Control Rocket

When we first saw this, we were amazed. The strategy is like that of the floss and doorknob method, just instead of the knob, there’s a remote control rocket. One end of the floss goes around the tooth, the other to the rocket, then comes the countdown. 3-2-1 blastoff! As the rocket shoots into the sky, the tooth plucks out. You will need to do some hunting to find where the rocket lands and hope the tooth stays on.

The Aim and Fire: Nerf Gun

The Nerf gun is a childhood favorite toy used to play cops and robbers or simply to see how many suction-cup darts can get stuck to the window. And now, it’s a tooth-pulling favorite. Again, tighten one end of the floss around the tooth and the other around the dart, aim, and fire. Out pops the tooth!

While we encourage creativity, be careful that no matter which method you choose, you’re not risking damage to the incoming permanent tooth or any other areas of the mouth. If you have an idea you’d like to try but aren’t sure if it’s safe, give our pediatric dental office a call. We’re happy to help!

Serving pediatric patients from Long Island, Westbury, and Nassau County.