When Do Children Lose Baby Teeth?

Or, How To Keep The Tooth Fairy Coming

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Somewhere around the age of six, most children begin to lose their baby teeth.

It normally starts with the two lower front teeth.  Soon thereafter the upper front teeth come out and the process continues for about six more years until all baby or primary teeth have been replaced by their permanent counterparts,

As these permanent teeth begin to grow and push upwards, they literally begin to push the baby teeth out.  During this process, the root of the baby tooth slowly dissolves and the tooth becomes loose.  For this process to happen in the best way, dental hygiene to prevent baby tooth cavities from forming and becoming such a problem that a primary or baby tooth must be removed.  Once the baby tooth is removed, it can cause the underlying permanent tooth to become crooked or to come through the gum out of place and interfering with surrounding teeth.

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Each child is different about how he or she faces losing the Baby Teeth.  Some want help to get them out immediately, others want to take them out by themselves, and others want them to fall out on their own.  Which ever approach a child takes is just fine.

If your child wants your help, and you aren’t quite sure how to get them out, just find a tissue or a piece of gauze and get a firm grasp on the loose tooth.  Try a quick twisting motion on the tooth, but if it isn’t quite ready to come out, just stop and wait a few days before trying again.  If one tooth is so stubborn you become concerned, see your dentist.  He may go ahead and remove the tooth or he may simply advise you to wait a bit longer for the tooth to loosen more.

Dr. Alan Carr, DMD from the Mayo Clinic encourages parents to use the focus on losing the baby teeth as an excellent intro or reminder to your children about the importance of keeping their teeth for a lifetime and what they should do to make that happen.

When your child starts to lose his or her baby teeth, reinforce the importance of proper dental care. For example:

Remind your child to brush his or her teeth at least twice a day. Supervise and offer assistance as needed.

Help your child floss his or her teeth daily

Eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacks

Schedule regular dental visits for your child, either with your family dentist or a pediatric dentist.

Ask the dentist about use of fluoride treatments and dental sealants to help prevent tooth decay.

With proper care, you can help your child’s permanent teeth last a lifetime.

 

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