Can a child choke on their baby teeth when they fall out?

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asked Sep 28, 2020 in Dental by 554Munkster (520 points)
Can a child choke on their baby teeth when they fall out?

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answered Sep 28, 2020 by Shawn (99,990 points)
A child choking on their baby teeth when the baby teeth fall out is very unlikely.

Most children will wiggle the baby tooth out and remove the baby tooth themselves before they have a chance to swallow it.

Also if the child does swallow the baby tooth then they will likely have no issues with it blocking their airway and causing choking.

A baby tooth is so small that it would likely just slide down the child's throat and then go into the stomach where it would then come out in the child;s poop eventually.

My sister swallowed a baby tooth accidentally when she was around 7 years old and she didn't choke on it.

Her other baby teeth that fell out she removed and never swallowed but it just happened to her one time.

When I was 3 years old I once swallowed a penny and even a dime and I never choked on them and they came out in my poop when my mom changed my diaper.

She called the doctor when I swallowed the coins but the doctor said as long as I was breathing and was not choking that I would be fine and I am.
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answered Dec 19, 2020 by Minty (132,850 points)
Teeth are so small that it would be near impossible for a child to choke on his/her baby teeth when they fall out.

I actually have swallowed a baby tooth as a child and it never choked me.

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