At What Age Do Most Kids Begin Losing Their Baby Teeth?
Posted on 4/25/2020 by Tiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry
When your child comes running to you saying that their tooth is loose, it's a big moment for them. Usually because it has never happened to them and they are probably looking forward to a visit from the tooth fairy. At about six months old, a baby's teeth start coming in. A process that usually goes on until the baby has all 20 milk teeth in which is at about age 3. First, we have the lower and upper front teeth and then later on the other teeth. Kids begin to lose their teeth at about age 6 or 7. During this time, here's what you should expect.
First In, First Out
One of the most interesting aspects of losing baby teeth is that they usually go in the order in which they came in. That essentially means you can be able to tell which teeth will be next in the lineup. Since the lower center teeth are first to come out, they are usually the first to go, and then followed by the top center pair. Baby teeth usually loosen when the permanent teeth are already in place and ready to come up and fill the space left by the gap.
It's important for parents to know that every child is unique. Therefore, they shouldn't get worried if other children have already begun to lose their teeth and yours has not. In fact, some children usually lose their teeth as early as 4 years old or as late as 8. A general principle for this period of time is that the younger the baby was when teething began, the earlier the permanent teeth will come knocking. However, if the child begins to lose their teeth before their 4th birthday, there might be some underlying problems. Therefore, make an appointment as soon as possible so that we can see if there is any cause for concern.
Loosing milk teeth is a huge milestone for every child. The process should not be painful. However, if you are worried or need some questions answered along this line, it's always prudent to make an appointment with us so that we can go over everything and make sure the child is alright.