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Question:
I read through all of your questions/answers and couldn't find this one. My 5 year old daughter has had a loose bottom tooth for 10 days. This morning she woke up crying, the tooth was gone. It was there last night, we cannot find it anywhere in her bed and fear she swallowed it.

Are there any dangers about this, I am very worried right now. My daughter is very upset, because we've been talking about the "tooth fairy" all week. She doesn't think she will come now without us having the tooth.

Answer:
More than likely, she swallowed the tooth while she was sleeping. This is somewhat common, so do not be alarmed. I see a lot of special needs patients, and most of them swallow all of their primary/baby teeth and there is no harm with this.

If a problem were to occur, this would already have happened. The tooth will be eliminated like anything else that she eats. I understand that she must be very upset about the tooth fairy; but let her know that the tooth fairy will make it up to her on the next tooth. I hope this has helped.

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