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Do You Pull Your Kids Loose Teeth?

Posted by on Apr. 5, 2015 at 12:42 PM
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Dentists Are Not Smiling at Video of Dad Yanking Son's Tooth Out With His Car

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What's the best way to remove a kid's loose tooth? Well, according to Florida dad and pro wrestler Robert Abercrombie, it's to tie a string around that tooth, tie the other end to the back of your Chevy, then rev the motor!

Luckily, this DIY dentistry stunt did not end up dragging his 8-year-old kid down the street. The tooth popped right out -- and the video has since gone viral. Check it out below:


Which may have you wondering: Is this a safe way to remove a tooth? Well, according to dentists, the answer is heck, no.

"Usually once enough of the root of the baby tooth has come loose, it will fall out on its own," says Timothy Chase, a dentist at SmilesNY. "If you remove a tooth prematurely by force, you can damage the jaw, the gum, the adjacent teeth or the erupting adult tooth from underneath."

His advice? If your kids are complaining of a loose baby tooth, don't force it out -- just encourage them to gentle wiggle it with a clean finger. Or, if it's causing real discomfort contact your dentist.

So, while it's fun to watch these videos, don't get any ideas.

How do you help your kids remove loose teeth?

by on Apr. 5, 2015 at 12:42 PM
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Mama2ETA
by Member on Apr. 5, 2015 at 12:48 PM
My kids pull their own
yvonne37
by Member on Apr. 5, 2015 at 2:02 PM

 I offer to help... if they say no then i leave it alone until either they pull them out or they fall out.

Kmakksmom
by on Apr. 5, 2015 at 9:36 PM
I don't touch teeth. My husband helps if the kids come to him, but he just pulls them out with his fingers.
10isenough2
by on Apr. 5, 2015 at 11:49 PM

 My kids have always pulled their own.

Bob192
by Bronze Member on Apr. 5, 2015 at 11:56 PM

I've tried, but I always worry that I'm going to hurt them and don't succeed.  This guy is extreme!

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by on Apr. 6, 2015 at 12:06 AM

DH did .. not me :)

janessa27
by Member on Apr. 6, 2015 at 7:08 AM

 No way- lose teeth freak me out! lol

They pull their own.....or each others!

motherofzandz
by Member on Apr. 6, 2015 at 8:16 AM

My sons bottom 2 teeth, the adult tooth came way behind the baby teeth and they had to pull both of them. Now he has a tooth loose on top and its getting looser but he doesnt mess with it so I dont either. I am starting to wonder if that thing is ever going to get loose enough to pull. I wont do it though it makes me cringe lol my husband can help him, its just easier for me to say let dad pull it lol. 

Linda_Runs
by on Apr. 6, 2015 at 8:27 AM

I tell my kids not to mess with their loose teeth.  The dentist is less than 5 minutes walk from our house.

dommad2
by Mara on Apr. 6, 2015 at 8:31 AM
No. My kids wiggle them out.
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