My First Loose Tooth

My First Loose Tooth
Photo by: Bijou

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A child tells the story of her first loose tooth and feelings about the experience.

10 minutes
48 - 60 months
Group size
1 - 8 tots


As I sat in the backseat on the ride home from school, I felt something strange. One of my teeth wiggled when I touched it with my tongue!

This was not good! In fact, it was bad! All that toothbrushing must have somehow made my tooth loose. Mom was going to be really mad. She’s always fussing at me to take care of my teeth. Now one of them was about to fall out!

“Mom, I have to tell you something. You aren’t going to be happy,” I confessed.

“Okay honey, what is it?” asked Mom.

“Umm, well, I don’t know how but I somehow knocked one of my teeth loose,” I said. "I’m really sorry."

“You think you made your tooth loose?” Mom said laughing.

“I guess I did. How else would it get loose?” I answered.

Mom sat down at the kitchen table. She told me that as you get older your baby teeth get loose and come out to make room for your grown-up teeth. Mom said I hadn’t done anything to make my tooth loose. It must be ready getting ready to come out.

“Will it hurt when it comes out?” I asked.

“Not really. It will probably come out when you take a bite of something hard like an apple. Or wiggle it a lot. It might bleed a little but not for long. Then you’ll have an empty spot in your mouth for your new grown-up tooth,” explained Mom.

“Cool. I’ll have a tooth tunnel in my mouth,” I said, wiggled my loose tooth with my tongue.

“Tooth tunnel - I like that!” laughed Mom. She hugged me. "Do you feel better now?"

I nodded. I did feel better now. I hadn’t done anything to make my tooth loose. Loosing teeth was just a part of growing up.

Developmental skills