When Baby Teeth Fall Out
At about age six, your kid’s primary teeth, so-called baby teeth will begin to fall out and loosen on their own. It is natural way to make room for your child’s permanent teeth. However, every child is unique, so it is the timing. In general, girls begin to lose their teeth earlier than boys and averagely, the last baby tooth will fall out by age of 13.
Usually, primary teeth fall out in the same order in which they erupt. First, lower central incisors (2 bottom front), followed by upper central incisors (2 top front), the lateral incisors (lower and upper), the first molars and the last canines and the second molars. It’s important to know that loosing a baby tooth too early might be due an accident or tooth decay. In this case, permanent teeth might erupt earlier and crooked because of the limited space.
How do children react on losing their baby teeth? Some kids are quite excited and happy to finally “grow up”, while others might be anxious about that childhood milestone. If your children want you to pull their loose teeth out, you should grasp the tooth firmly with a piece of gauze or a tissue and to quickly twist it to remove it. In case a loosen tooth is still too resistant, you should wait few days and then try again. However, if you are not too brave to try it on your own or you think that tooth is not loosen sufficiently on its own, take your child to the dentist. Maybe you will be recommended to wait and see or the tooth would be extracted in the dental office.
The importance of proper dental procedures and care should be reinforced once your children start loosing their baby teeth. How? Remind your kids to brush their teeth at least twice daily. It’s good for them to follow your own example, so you can do this together. This way they will be supervised and you will be able to assist if needed. Also, help your children floss their teeth at bedtime. Talk to them about avoiding drinking and eating between scheduled meals and at bedtime, especially sweets and soda. Also, your child should get used to visiting his or her dentist on regular basis, so choose a pediatric or your own family dentist and schedule their regular visits. At the dentist’s, you should inform about fluoride treatments and/or dental sealants that might help in preventing tooth decay.