When Will My Child Lose a Tooth?

When Will My Child Lose a Tooth?
Posted on 10/16/2017

When Will My Child Lose a Tooth?

when-will-my-child-lose-a-toothThe day that your child loses their first tooth is a big milestone in parenthood. At the first sign of a loose baby tooth, many parents are in a rush to get it out. However, when it comes to your child losing their first baby tooth, the best advice is to have patience.

There is plenty of time for the tooth fairy. And, while losing their first tooth can be quite a defining moment, pulling a tooth that is not ready can cause the possibility of tissue damage, infection, bleeding and pain.

Your child will likely start losing his or her baby teeth between the age of four and seven. Six is the average age for children to lose their first tooth. Losing these 20 baby teeth will make way for 28 new, permanent teeth. Baby teeth usually fall out in the same order that they came in. So that means the lower center teeth are usually the first to fall out and then the top center two, followed by the lateral incisors, molars and canines. Molars usually fall out between ages 9 and 12 and are replaced by permanent teeth by about age 13. Between the ages of 17 and 21, one to four “wisdom teeth” may erupt at the very back of your child’s mouth.

How Can I “Help” My Child’s Baby Teeth Fall Out Naturally?

While it isn’t recommended to force any baby tooth out, here are a few tips that may help your child work the baby tooth out themselves naturally:

  • Play with or wiggle your baby tooth with your tongue
  • Use your finger to move the baby tooth back and forth (handwashing suggested!)
  • Bite into crunchy foods
  • Brush your teeth vigorously
  • Be patient!

Reassure your child that when his or her baby tooth is ready to fall out, there will be no pain and little bleeding. If it does bleed slightly, use sterile gauze to apply pressure to the empty hole.

Your Baby’s Good Oral Hygiene

Make sure that you begin to teach good oral hygiene at a very early age to get your child in a positive oral health routine. Whenever your baby’s teeth first start showing, you should clean the new teeth with a clean cloth every day, usually after he or she eats. Once your child is old enough to take care of their oral health themselves, teach them these positive dental habits:

  • Brush twice each day for at least two minutes
  • Floss once every day, usually at bedtime
  • Avoid too many snacks and drinks containing processed sugars
  • Eat a well-balanced diet, including the right vitamins and minerals
  • Find a reputable, experienced pediatric dentist in your area and schedule regular check ups every six months

Building these good habits at a young age, will help keep both baby teeth and permanent teeth healthy.

Questions? Contact Lone Star Pediatric Dental & Braces Today!

At Lone Star Pediatric Dental & Braces, we create a family-friendly atmosphere to enhance your child’s dentistry experience. We make it our mission to care for any dental challenges your child may have and to teach them to take the best care of their teeth to avoid any complications down the road. Our practice boasts highly qualified pediatric dentists and orthodontists in Austin and the surrounding communities. To speak with our staff, we encourage you to visit our contact page and find the phone number of our office closest to you. You may also schedule an appointment using our convenient online request form.

Lone Star Pediatric Dental & Braces

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