When do children start losing their teeth?

A child's first lost tooth is a major milestone in their growth journey, signalling the transition from baby teeth to permanent, adult teeth.

This natural process is as exciting as it is essential for your child's dental development. So when should you expect this change? Let's explore.

What is the usual age for children to start losing their teeth?

 Typically, children begin to lose their primary teeth around the age of 6, but this may vary. Just like with the eruption of the first teeth, some children may start to lose their teeth as early as 4 or as late as 7. The first teeth to fall out are usually the lower central incisors, the same ones that came in first.

Why do some children lose their teeth earlier or later?

The timing of tooth loss is generally determined by individual growth patterns and genetic factors. If your child loses a tooth earlier or later than their peers, it doesn't necessarily indicate a problem.
However, if you have concerns or if a tooth is lost due to an accident or decayThe lay term for carious lesions in a tooth; decomposition of tooth structure., it's important to consult with a dentist.

What happens after a child loses a tooth?

After a tooth falls out, a permanent tooth starts to grow in its place. This process continues until the child has lost all their baby teeth and replaced them with 32 adult teeth, including the wisdom teeth. This usually happens by the late teens.

How can I help my child during this process?

Tooth loss is a natural process, but it can sometimes cause discomfort or anxiety for a child. Here are a few ways you can support them:

  • Reassure your child that losing baby teeth is a normal part of growing up.
  • Encourage your child to wiggle a loose tooth, but let it fall out on its own to avoid pain or infection.
  • Maintain regular brushing and flossing habits to keep the gums healthy.
  • Schedule regular dental check-ups to monitor your child's dental development and address any concerns.

At Colosseum Dental, we understand that each child's journey to their adult smile is unique. Our team is here to guide you and your child through this exciting phase.

If you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment, don't hesitate to get in touch with us. We're committed to helping your child achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.

Please note that this article is for patient information purposes only. The information provided is based on guidance available at the time of writing, which may subsequently change. Please consult your own dentist with any individual queries.

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