Pulling a baby tooth: should parents pull it out

I will pull it out if my child asks me to, but sometimes it's not ready. I like to pull it out when it's hanging on by a thread. I have tricked a child or two by taking a look and just a gentle tug and out came the tooth surprising them at how easy it was!

8Theresa GouldChicago, Illinois
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    Theresa, how old were yours when they started losing their teeth? Our neighbor just lost her first tooth at 5.5! It seems so early to me!!! I don't really remember when I lost my first tooth, but I feel like I was WAY more grown up than 5!!!
    8Theresa Gould
    My oldest started at age four but my six year old just started losing his. Our seven year old started losing hers at 6-7.
      its best to wait until that last thread, if you pull it out before the other tooth behind it is ready, it can lead to crooked teeth. just dont wait too long, because if the adult tooth starts to grow in before the baby tooth has come out, it can be very painful, my sister was so afraid to lose her first tooth she refused to touch, and then the adult tooth came in, pushing on the still attached baby tooth, and i remember my parents pretty much having to hold her down to get the tooth out.
        7Malena Hall
        I have never pulled out any of my kids' teeth
          My daughter is 6 (she will be 7 at the end of July) and she lost her first tooth a couple months ago. Both of her two front bottom teeth were loose at the same time. They were both barely hanging on by a thread and we couldn't get them out (me and my sister) and my daughter tried as well. We were worried that she was gonna swallow them in her sleep plus she had a tooth coming in but it was behind the baby tooth. Anyway, my sister got the first tooth pulled. The next day my sister and I tried pulling the second one and couldnt get it. My daughter ended up pulling that one on her own. Now her two front top teeth are loose.
            Amanda Hurley
            My daughter lost her first tooth when she was 6. We pull them when they start hanging at funny angles. She has lost 4 so far.
              I have pulled out my children;s too ... but only when it was hanging there and bothering them that they asked for help!
              About Theresa Gould
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              ***Baby Team Leader Moms.com*** I have been married for over 20 years. My husband and I have eight children ages 18 down to 4 years old. We use to live in Chicago but now live in Canada. I own www.FaithandFamilyReviews.com.