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Baby Teeth: What to Expect When They Start Falling Out

Young girl wiggles a loose baby tooth.
via The American Dental Association

Are you concerned about how to deal with your baby’s teeth and what to expect when they start falling out.?

Well, let’s talk about baby teeth!

Children typically begin getting loose teeth between the ages of six and seven.

When the first tooth starts to wiggle, it marks your child’s first steps on a long journey.

Fact #1

Loose teeth start around the age of six or seven

Did you know that kids usually have twenty baby teeth that come in by around age three?

The prime age for a child to lose their first tooth is around 5-6 years old. But don’t worry if your little one loses a tooth earlier than that – some kids are just early bloomers! These teeth stick around for about two years before they start to get loose and fall out.

However, if your child’s teeth continue to get loose and fall out at this age, it’s a good idea to consult a dentist to ensure everything’s okay.

Fact # 2

Babies usually have twenty teeth by the age of three

Most kids will have lost all their baby teeth by age twelve, but everyone’s different, so there’s no need to stress if it happens a bit later.

The wisdom teeth are the last teeth, which usually arrive in the late teens. Depending on how they affect the surrounding areas, these teeth may need to be surgically removed.

Losing so many teeth in just a few years can be scary for a child, especially if they’re sensitive to change.

But the good news is that losing baby teeth is normal, and most kids will be going through the same thing around the same time.

So encourage your child to swap stories with their friends and reassure them that it’s not as scary as it seems.

Fact #3

Baby teeth usually fall out in the same order in which

they came

This starts with the bottom front teeth and moves to the top front.

And did you know that roughly every six months, four teeth will start to poke through the gums?

Now, here’s an important tip.
It’s best not to force a tooth out before it’s ready.

While it’s not the worst thing in the world if a baby tooth gets knocked out (since an adult tooth will eventually grow in its place), it can expose sensitive tissue that can get infected.

Fact #4

The last teeth to arrive are the third molars, also known as wisdom teeth

Instead of trying old tricks like tying dental floss to a tooth and a door, encourage your child to wiggle the tooth around gently.

This will help relax the tissue around the tooth and make it easier for the adult tooth to come in smoothly.

So there you have it – everything you need to know about baby teeth and losing them.

Remember to be patient, and enjoy swapping tooth loss stories with your little one!

If you need to know more, give us a call today.

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