• AlyCat

    OMG, I’m so grossed out by loose teeth, too. My kid is almost 8 and hasn’t lost any yet! He’s going to the dentist next Wednesday to get X-Rays and find out what’s going on in there. I am NOT looking forward to it.

    Congratulations to Leta.

  • Stacy4855

    No tooth pulling for me either — my kids are 15, 13 and 4 (no lost teeth yet) – and my sister-in-law pulled most of their teeth! No WAY could I do it…

  • cherylsmith75

    Except you didn’t have to pull it out. My eldest was a wiggler, and would wiggle those teeth out in no time. But her younger sister is far more timid and cautious, and would have a loose tooth barely hanging in there for weeks. They eventually fall out, even if you don’t wiggle them. Next time don’t stress about it and just let it happen on its own. So much better. Trust me on this one.

  • melw32

    My brother and sister-in-law took my niece’s first tooth and used some sort of craft goop to ‘memorialize’ it in hardened rubber. She was told the tooth fairy left it for her as a present. She showed everyone that tooth for weeks!

  • Becky Cochrane

    Yay, Leta! One more rite of passage down, one million to go.

    My sister knocked out my first baby teeth lost. It was an accident, but still…

  • acm

    holy cow, just *reading* that made me feel a bit faint. I think I once waited one out (through threats of string and doorknobs) until it actually blackened in my mouth… yeow!

    congrats to all, for tooth and survival.

  • Failjolesfail

    I recommend *pushing.*

    It’d better be on its last string. Finger on top of tooth (cutting surface), push in and down. Points for hard and swift.

    Much less nauseating than pulling. My dad had to push all mine out (and yes, Mom still has them, in a little compartment of her jewelry box).

  • ladyphlogiston

    SALT WATER TAFFY! We always pulled teeth that way – pop a piece in your mouth, give it a couple of chews, then bite down with the loose tooth. It usually came right out. If it didn’t, we’d wait a few days and try again.

  • dooce

    Ooh, good thinking @ladyphlogiston ! There’s plenty of that around here.

  • napangel

    Oh, my gosh. Now I know I must really like you people, ’cause I read all the way through to the end even though I felt like puking myself.

    Congratulations, Leta!

  • Just Jill

    “How about we tie a string to that tooth, give the other end to Marlo and let nature takes its course?

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA!! Love that one. I can totally see it.

    And yay Leta for getting be be on the tooth chart today!

  • Dharma

    Bahahaha….I have hidden behind the couch before! Boy#1 was wiggling his teeth at me and sucking in and then blowing out enough air to make the ugly little yellowing tooth wave emphatically at me like a prom queen on the back of a Cadillac :( Only after a game of chase-the-screaming-6-year-old did I get him to sit long enough for Dad to help the tooth along. Me? Head between my knees wishing I had paper lunchbags in the house.

    I liked Boy#2 better….he walked up to me in the garden at 7 and presented me with the tooth he yanked out his-damn-self. I love that child.

  • TxSuzyQ

    OhhhhhhOhhhhhhhhSsssshitNooooo! I can’t have any part of tooth pulling. I had 2 of my teeth knocked out during a front porch swing incident around age 6 or 7 and oooooooohhhellllllnoooooooo!!!!! I still have dreams about my teeth falling out! NoNONooooo I don’t want to read about the pulling out of anyones teeth again kthanksbye.

  • rspell

    I still have all of my baby teeth in a little bag. Glueing them to a picture frame might actually be *less* creepy.

    Our Tooth Fairy gives money and leaves the tooth behind. Maybe she can come up with a creepy craft all her own!

  • Kaff627

    J lost the same tooth just a couple weeks ago! It was her first as well. I can’t do the whole wiggle and pull thing either so I left it up to her and Daddy. In the end as we were climbing in the car to drive 300 miles to a funeral she pulled it. Well the tooth, the root was still in her gum! But it worked it’s way out. And now her other front teeth are all loose and I have strict orders for her to wiggle them regularly b/c her permanent teeth are starting to cut through on the bottom already. So she needs to lose that other bottom tooth to make room! My mother still has all of my baby teeth as well as my sisters. I have J’s in my wallet still. I need to put it in my jewelry box.

  • @suburbanhaiku

    If you think that’s gross,
    just wait till your teenager
    pulls out a molar!

  • Dani

    My Mom still has all my baby teeth in a box in her dresser. I discovered this by accident as a teenager when I was looking for a hair twisty or something.

    I get that she couldn’t just throw them out but I fear the day when she’s gone and I have to decide what to do with them along with all her other crap.

  • Mrs.Mommy02

    Wow. You really got lucky. My daughter, after being hog tied, came out sweating and crying like she had gone through natural childbirth. Thats not the worst of it, the tooth fairy is currently handing out IOUs because the entire front of my daughter’s mouth bankrupted her in a matter of two months. When she opens her tiny mouth, it looks like a game of mahjong, every tooth battling to be the first one out.

  • Girassol

    Congrats, Leta!

    My grandfather came over to our house with a pair of needle-nose pliers to pull out my first tooth. It was actually the least traumatic thing we tried, because it was over and done with in a second.

    My mom kept all our baby teeth. I found them once in a little ceramic box on her dresser. I was expecting the box to contain earrings or something, so that was kind of a morbid discovery. She now uses those teeth to do science experiments with her third-graders… total scare-tactic science, like dropping a tooth in a glass of Coke and having the kids chart how long it takes before the tooth is completely disintegrated.

  • austin_fan

    Save the teeth for a science project, she can put her baby teeth into sugar, water, and soda and then report on how long they lasted.

  • jan001

    I lost my first baby teeth when, at the age of 6 and not possessed of much foresight, I jumped backward into a swimming pool, while grinning, while both my top front teeth were loose, and caught said teeth on the rope that went around the inside of the pool. PLOINK! Splip, splip, two teeth gone.

    It didn’t hurt and the only reason I was freaking out was because I couldn’t find one of them in the pool and how was the Tooth Fairy going to know it was a twofer if I didn’t find the other one?!?

    My mom, bless her, finally found a 10-year-old kid running around the pool with a swim mask and paid him the princely sum of 25 cents to find the other tooth, which he did, at the bottom of the deep end, perilously close to the drain. Oh, the drama!

    She later took me to the dentist to be sure nothing was broken off up in the gums and it was all good.

    So, if Leta’s up for it in warmer weather, there’s another method!

  • jan001

    PS: Mrs.Mom02 – LOL at “When she opens her tiny mouth, it looks like a game of mahjong…”

  • Fanannie

    I am a nurse and while I can stand puke, poop, pee and pretty much EVERY body fluid that comes out of a person, I CANNOT stand the sound or sight of a loose tooth. It is my achilles heel!

    ICK! So I guess what I’m saying is: I can relate.

  • bogus36

    I am right there with you. Teeth pulling gives me the hibby gibbies!

    My little one – who is so much like Leta – lost her first one this summer. She was 7 years and 3 months when it finally happened. She just lost her 2nd one a few weeks ago.

    I too was a late bloomer. Lost my last tooth when I was in 10th grade!

  • kah825

    Oh my GOD! I am cringing. Vomit! I just had flashbacks to having teeth pulled before I could get braces…20 years ago and I’m still haunted. Can’t you just wait and let them fall out on their own?

    Funny side story…my nephew had all of his baby teeth pulled at about age 3. They made him this hilarious looking fake set of teeth. He looked like Guy Smiley from Sesame Street. Well he was sleeping over at my sister-in-laws and woke up and his teeth were gone! Um, did you lose a tooth last night? or maybe a SET of teeth? and then nobody could find them! now the story is moving away from teeth and entering the poop zone.

    I hope the tooth fairy is good to Leta!

  • KatieMama

    I hate tooth pulling, it grosses me out! I just watch whenever my husband helps my son pull his teeth. I’m also weird about keeping them…I keep them. I don’t know if I have all of them, but I know I have the first one. I just couldn’t throw it out!

  • AmyC83

    My husband’s family has a weird tooth thing:

    His mom paints glass Christmas ornaments for all the kids in the family each year. She paints the kid on the front in their favorite clothes and writes all the year’s milestones on the back. She also makes ornaments for the teeth each kid has lost. She puts the kid’s name on the front and all the teeth inside the ornament, then hangs said tooth-filled ornament on the tree. She even does it for the dogs in the family!!

  • mommioandretti

    i’m with you heather. gross!

    and, i’m going to be laughing all night over “why that woman is shooting ping pong balls out of her vagina.” good one!

  • poopinginpeace

    My oldest also lost the SAME tooth about a month and a half ago. Is that the universal first tooth to lose?? My question to you is what did the tooth fairy bring? Here in L.A. the tooth fairy has big expectations, that we weren’t about to try and live up to. You can read about what we did here- http://poopinginpeace.blogspot.com/2010/10/window-in-her-mouth.html

    There was no way I was giving her what some of her friends got. I have three kids! We’d have no money left by the time we got to the last one.

  • romesick

    My first grade teacher, against my protestations, forcibly pulled my loose tooth. Roughly five minutes later, I fainted into the middle of reading circle. I woke up to find the school nurse running down the hallway with me limp in her arms, the teacher running alongside. They had to call my mother to come to the school and take me home.

    I’ll bet my teacher never pulled another kid’s tooth. ;)

    And I hated pulling my own daughter’s loose teeth, too. *shiver*

  • lekika

    For some reason, every time I lost a baby tooth it was really painful (maybe I’m just a pansy), so now I can’t stand even looking at a kid wiggling a loose tooth. But of course I read this whole post, with my hand protectively covering my mouth the whole time.

    Yay Leta!

  • chasethefirefly

    Congrats Leta!!!

    I have such a hard time with the teeth. My oldest (8) is so much like Leta, our first tooth was really tough to get through. It’s gotten much better now, except for one tooth that somehow flipped backwards and wedged itself into the roof of my daughter’s mouth. That was pure drama.

    We have saved all of the teeth so far, but I don’t remember where I hid them. No teethy craft project for me, boohoo.

  • EvilJulie

    I don’t know about gluing them to a mirror, but I like the idea of keeping them. My mother had no such idea, but something made me keep the last tooth I lost, one of my canines. I still have it, and I like having that connection with my past.

  • BellyGirl

    What a great milestone. I swallowed my first lost tooth with a slice of pizza.

    And isn’t this the perfect time to re-watch the best kid/tooth video EVER?!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UwN_OMybn0

  • hoosiergirl1962

    Congratulations,Leta, on making it to the tooth chart!
    Heather, you deserve a nice big Scotch..
    BTW I have all my dog’s baby teeth, so I don’t think its so crazy to make crafts out of your kid’s baby teeth
    Jon- all I have to say to you is…”please don’t look up zit popping on YouTube for Leta’s puberty!
    Cheers!!!

  • MelissaJ

    oh Leta, YES!

    what a milestone.

  • Truthful Mommy

    You are tough!My 5 year old just lost her first tooth right around Halloween, & it did just magically fall out int he middle of the night. It was wobbl for 2 days, we were planing on Daddy puling it out when he got home that weekend & the little sonofabitch just jumped right out of her mouth.Thank God she didnt swallow it.There is NO way I can pull it out, it creeps the crap outta me.It send me right back to my childhood & the taste of blood in my mouth & that gross piece of gum missing its tooth:( EWWW!LOL But it was a big moment in our house,It just makes me realize how fast my babies are growing up.Not sure I like it.Of course, after much debate of what the tooth fairy would leave for the first tooth ( actually the very same one your Leta lost), my Bella informed me that she wouldn’t be leaving the tooth for the fairy.Apparently,she thinks its a little creepy for a fairy to come into her room & buy her teeth while she is sleeping.I think her exact words were “my teeth are not for sale”LOL http://motherhoodthetruth.blogspot.com/2010/12/tooth-fairy-you-creepy-little-bastard.html

    You did good Mama!Thank God you stopped John from youtube or googling it, it could have been a disaster of epic proportions!

  • Shana in Texas

    I am loving the tooth-filled ornament! How creepy is that!

  • amandancer05

    Almost seven seems a relatively young to average time to lose a tooth. I was well into second grade when i lost my first tooth. I have had 16 teeth pulled by the dentist 4 of which were adult teeth. I’ve had a tooth “exposed” because it was taking it’s sweet time coming in. I also had braces for 2.5 years (which isn’t all that unusual) all in all you have much to look forward to (or away from)

  • Darleya

    Thanks for sharing Leta’s tooth story. My dad used to do the whole string thing. I hated it. My big teeth were growing on top of my baby teeth which didn’t want to fall out. My mouth was a big mess that ended up in braces. Glad that Leta handled it so well!

  • jennisdrinking

    YAY!! Pulling a tooth is NO FUN at all. But- hey, look at the bright side. My daughter’s tooth is loose, it’s been loose for several weeks, she’s guarding that thing like the freakin Hope diamond. Then….we went to the dentist for a cleaning. Turns out, that loose tooth isn’t moving fast enough and the new tooth is now not pushing it out anymore but rather it’s growing in behind it like a shark’s tooth. No shit- bet you didn’t know that was an option.

    So….we have until Christmas break to get it out on our own, or they’re going to pull it at the dentist. The moral of this story: if you have a loose tooth, wiggle the shit out of it!

  • afreking

    I am a 4th year dental student, and even though I pull teeth all the time at school, the sight of a wiggly tooth outside of the office sends a primordial shudder throughout my body before I catch myself and remember I’ve dug those things out of 75 year old bone before.

  • loquaciousmusic

    Alternative rock band Crash Test Dummies (remember them?) released a song in 1996 called “He Liked to Feel It.” The song is about a boy who likes to get his teeth pulled out, and the video stars that dude from the movie “Kids.” It’s a catchy little number, although the video is pretty brutal!

    Congratulations, Leta!

  • Wombat Central

    Yay, Leta! My Girly recently lost her two front teeth just in time to ask for them for Christmas! The final one dangled there like a swinging doggy door and drove us all nuts. She wouldn’t let anyone pull that mother out. Finally just fell out while she was chatting away.

    Love the hippos!

  • mercedesmom

    I must say from the perspective of a dental hygienist, you are all being way too dramatic about this natural occurence. The deciduous (meaning those to be lost) teeth will eventually fall out in food, during toothbrushing, etc. The best solution is to let the child do it by themselves. Otherwise, swallowing might take place and then
    NO TOOTH FAIRY VISIT! You are transmitting your fear to your child–not a good idea for future dental appointments.

  • eatingcookies

    Awesome. Yeah, I haven’t really thought out the whole “yanking out my kid’s tooth” scenario, but that does sound like something that would make me squeamish.

    My kiddo’s turning three – we’ve got a ways to go for this rite of passage, but I’m sure I’ll deal with it someday…

  • Petra

    OMG, I’m so glad I’m not the only one creeped out by loose teeth. My 5 year old daughter waved that disgusting loose tooth at me for weeks before it finally came out. Every time I saw it my stomach did a flip. How did I manage to loose all my own teeth without passing out? I kept my daughters tooth, although I have no idea what I’m going to do with it. But I remember the drama of that damn thing coming in, it seemed a waste to just toss it.

    Congratulations to all of you :)

  • colallison

    I love the little celebrations that happen with each tooth falling out. We were lucky enough to catch my son’s first tooth falling out while we were taping my two kids dancing in their underwear:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-Pskb7VuYM

    My most important tip is to stay sober on the evenings when the tooth fairy is supposed to visit. We’ve had to do some mad scrambling on a few mornings.

  • birdylegs

    Tooth charts are evil! My daughter didn’t lose her first tooth until she was 7 years, 7 months old. I was so glad her school didn’t use a tooth chart. She already felt like she was the only kid on earth who hadn’t lost one. And then when she did it was summer vacation. I see her future and it looks a lot like my past. She will be the last kid to get her period and I will have to tell her that it really isn’t something she wants anyway and she won’t care to hear it.

  • Mrs. Q.

    oh, bluuuuurgh.

    Wiggling teeth make me very uneasy.

    I would have given her a whole apple on which to gnaw.