If your baby has heard about the famous tooth fairy, he/she may be looking forward to losing teeth and getting a treasure in return. No need to rush them, though! It’s a natural process, and will happen when it happens. Here’s a look at what you can expect.
While every child is different, pretty much all of them get baby teeth that they eventually lose. Also known as primary teeth, these are present in a baby’s mouth from birth. And they can start erupting around 6-10 month of age.
For most babies, the first teeth to come in are the two bottom front teeth. These tend to be followed by the top four front teeth when babies are about a year old. Then the rest of the teeth take turns erupting; often in pairs, with one on each side of the upper or lower jaw.
How many teeth do kids have? Usually it’s 20, specifically 10 in the upper jaw and 10 in the lower jaw. For a lot of kids, all these baby teeth come in by the time they’re 2 ½ to 3 years old.
So at what age do kids lose teeth?
It varies, of course. The average age for losing the first tooth is 6 or 7 years old. And the first ones to fall out are usually the first ones that came in, the bottom front teeth. Another fun fact: girls usually shed their teeth a little younger than boys.
But don’t be alarmed if your child is different! It’s considered normal if kids start feeling a loose tooth as early as age 4 or haven’t lost any as late as age 8. Even if your kid has an accident and loses a tooth younger than age 6, you probably don’t need to worry. Just be sure to check in with your dentist, who can address any concerns.
Also, it’s OK if your kids gently wiggle their wobbly teeth a bit to help loosen them. Just don’t let them give a real yank! Let nature take its course, and in the meantime, keep your kid brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist routinely. It’s not uncommon for baby teeth to come out during regular brushing. Remember, even though baby teeth are supposed to fall out and get replaced by permanent teeth, you should help your child take care of them and develop good dental habits.
Share your baby’s teeth shedding stories in the comments below! We at Moms Know Best are so excited to hear about each of your unique experience. So let’s begin the storytelling time!