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Losing teeth as a kid is a major right of passage. Every time you pull a kid’s tooth is a tangible milestone they are officially becoming big kids. And while each lost tooth is a joyous occasion kids feel compelled to celebrate, the process is a fraught with ups and downs. It’s exciting. It’s scary. It’s painful. Then, it’s a relief. When it finally comes out, friends and classmates gaze jealously at the gaping hole.
But, is there a best way to pull a tooth? As a kid, I avoided the more dramatic techniques of using doors, strings, and pliers. I just used my fingers and maybe a paper towel for extra grip to rip out my loose teeth. These days there are a million new ways to speed up the process. Here are 6 of best and worst ways I’ve seen. The girl with the compound bow may be my favorite.
Main Photo Credit: Eddie Kopp
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Steve Lemig is the founder of Wilderdad. He's been a lot of things over the years. Skateboarder. Mountain biker. Climber. Snowboarder. Bike mechanic. Forest firefighter. Woodworker. Creative director. These days he's a runner, writer, husband, and father. He writes stories to empower dads and encourage them to share outdoor adventures with their kids as a tool to strengthen families and build respect for the environment. He has also been the Communications Director at Road Runner Sports for the last 13 years.