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Losing Baby Teeth

When Do Kids Start Losing Baby Teeth

When kids start to lose their first baby teeth, it can admittedly be a concern among some parents. Is it too early for my child to be losing their baby teeth? Is this normal? Rest assured that the ‘when’, ‘how’, and ‘where’ baby teeth begin to weaken and eventually fall out is dependent upon a variety of factors.

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When It Is Normal for Children to Loose their Teeth?

Typically, a dentist will advise a parent that it is normal for kids to start losing their teeth anytime from between five and seven years of age. This process can start as early as four years old when some children may notice that they have teeth that are wigglier than others. This is all entirely normal. When visiting a dentist regarding a child losing their baby teeth, the first thing a dentist will rule out is whether a child has experienced a trauma such as a fall that the parent may not be aware of. This is by far the most common reason that a tooth will fall out earlier than expected. Then, they may inspect for any signs of decay or trauma. If there is nothing evident, and if the tooth that is weakening is one of the front bottom teeth, there is no reason to be concerned.

‘Baby Teeth’

If your child has special needs, sometimes these children are faced with a different pattern. For example, children with Down syndrome tend to lose their baby teeth later in life. Also, it can be noted that girls tend to lose their baby teeth earlier than boys do. It is natural for your child to get their first set of teeth, known as ‘baby teeth’ or their ‘primary teeth’, as a means of establishing the path that their permanent teeth will eventually follow. The permanent tooth will essentially replace the first set of teeth, resorbing the root of the baby tooth. Typically, the bottom front teeth will be the first to go and then the top front teeth, the two on the side of the bottom jaw and then the two on the top of the jaw. Typically, only these eight teeth will fall out by the age of seven or eight. While this is happening, molars will grow into the empty space at the back of the jaw, potentially causing some minor irritation for the child.

If a child has not lost their first tooth by the age of 7, as a parent, you may want to get some X-rays done. Sometimes extra teeth in the bone could prevent permanent teeth from pushing out the baby teeth.

IS IT CORRECT TO YANK OUT LOOSE TEETH?

Allowing Nature to Take its Course

It is never recommended to yank out any loose teeth. Just allow them to fall out naturally. Allowing nature to take its course will mean very little bleeding and little discomfort. Throughout this process, it is integral that your child continues to brush at the gum line as the tooth will often come out easier during routine teeth brushing.

How to Explain to the Child What Is Happening?

A final note is to explain to the child what is happening and to calm any anxieties that may exist. Get them excited about what the Tooth Fairy might bring. Make it fun. There is no reason for them to be in any pain at any point during the teeth loosening and falling out stage of oral development.

We are a Family Friendly Practice

At Chapnik Dental Office, we provide family dentistry services. Toronto and Barrie dentist, Dr. Adam Chapnick works with every child to build trust and comfort through the entire dental visit process.

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