When Do Kids Start to Lose Their Baby Teeth?

When Do Kids Start to Lose Their Baby Teeth?

Closeup of a young blonde boy in a red shirt showing how he is missing his bottom 2 teeth

Do you remember when you lost your first tooth? It’s a much-anticipated moment for most kids. Whether they’re looking forward to the tooth-fairy or they just enjoy the fun feeling of wiggling a tooth around with their tongue, your child is probably pretty excited for the first one to come loose. In this blog post, we’ll talk about when most kids can expect to start losing teeth, and what happens after that.

The Life of a Baby Tooth

Baby teeth are the first set of teeth that begin to emerge through the gums between 6 and 12 months. These baby teeth will continue to erupt until about 3 years old, when your child should have a full set of 20 baby teeth. Then, those baby teeth will start to loosen. Usually, they fall out in the order they appeared, making way for the permanent teeth that will stick around, hopefully, for the rest of the individual’s life.

What’s Normal?

As with pretty much anything when it comes to our bodies, there isn’t an exact age or day when baby teeth should begin to come loose. All kids are different, and there are a variety of reasons why a child’s baby teeth might fall out early or stick around for awhile. However, it is common for kids to lose their first tooth around six or seven years old. They will keep falling out over the next few years with new teeth growing in, until around age 13, when most kids will have a set of 28 adult teeth. Another set of molars, called the wisdom teeth, typically grow in between the ages of 17 and 25, but many patients need to have them removed even before they erupt since they commonly cause oral health issues. Check out this tooth eruption timeline from the American Dental Association for more details!

Dental Care for All Ages

Superb dental hygiene shouldn’t wait to kick-in once the permanent teeth arrive. It’s important that baby teeth are given that same attention as their future permanent counterparts. A healthy mouth is crucial to great overall health, and that’s true at any age. At Today’s Dental, we offer a range of services to suit the whole family. Contact us to set up your next appointment.

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