This is probably a heartbreaking moment for some parents. That’s because when your baby starts losing her baby teeth, she is officially not a baby anymore. It might be hard to accept for some parents because your baby is steadily climbing her way up towards adulthood.
Baby teeth have shallower roots, so eventually they are meant to fall out on their own after their gum roots have decayed and mostly disintegrated. If you want a number, generally it starts happening around six years old and finishes around thirteen years old if you don’t include wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth will finish around twenty one years old. However, just like the teething process, losing baby teeth can happen at various different ages. It would be a miracle if everybody was the same
Losing your baby teeth usually begins to occur within an age range. There are cases where babies start the process as early as four years old, and there are cases where babies start as late as seven years old.
If your child doesn’t lose her first tooth by seven years old, she should see the doctor just in case. However, if your baby’s teeth starts falling out before four then you should see the doctor as soon as possible. It can be some kind of medical condition that is making your child lose her teeth too early.
What Does It Mean If My Child Loses Her Tooth Too Early?
I mentioned that four years old is the minimum age in which a toddler begins to lose baby teeth. However, there are exceptions. Just check with your pediatrician to be sure. However, if your child has the following signs then you have a problem:
- Tooth decay – holes in the teeth causes by bacteria growth
- Trauma – some kind of injury that knocked out the baby teeth
Even though baby teeth are “disposable”, you should certainly take good care of them. They are actually more important than you think. After every meal, try your best to help your child wipe her teeth with a soft cloth. If that is not possible then at least let her drink more water to flush her teeth a little.
Do not let your child’s baby teeth fall out prematurely if possible. Of course, sometimes accidents like traumatic events can happen. If that is the case, go see your dentist and ask for advice.
Why Are Baby Teeth Important?
Baby teeth have a lot of important roles. First, they allow your child to start chewing her own food and train her jaw muscles.
Second , with the help of her nicely trained jaw muscles, your baby teeth assists your child in speaking her first sounds or words. Believe it or not, teeth is important in making many sounds like “ssss”, “ch”, “k” sounds. Without most of her baby teeth, correct speech will have to be delayed.
Last reason is the most important. Baby teeth “holds the spot” for the permanent tooth to emerge through. If a baby teeth leaves the spot before the permanent tooth have a chance to take its place, then your child will grow up with crooked teeth. I have a friend who had this problem and her teeth were slanted inwards.
This is why if your toddler has a baby tooth fall out early, you should get medical advice as soon as possible. What they will do for your child is install something known as a “spacer” to protect the gap formed by the baby tooth. Once the permanent tooth emerges nicely in the spot, then they will remove it.
Are Girls And Boys The Same When It Comes To Losing Teeth?
Nope. Girls lose their baby teeth faster in general. It is unclear why girls lose their teeth faster than boys. That is simply the way it works. Girls generally develop their whole body faster than boys.
In What Order Do You Lose Your Baby Teeth?
You usually lose them in the same order that you got them which is based on genetics. For example, the bottom front row (lower central incisor) will usually come out first, the upper front row (upper central incisor) will come out next, and so on.
Every half year, your toddler loses around four baby teeth. As mentioned earlier, the bottom front row teeth might come loose by age six. The teeth on the sides, or molars, takes a lot longer. They come out when your child is at least ten to twelve years old.
Is It Painful?
It is actually pretty painless. It is even more so compared to teething. However, it does take a while for the baby teeth to come out even when it feels a little loose. You have to wait for the adult teeth to push out the baby teeth. Of course there’s a way to make it come out faster once it has become loose enough.
How Do You Make Baby Teeth Fall Out Faster?
When I was little, if I wanted my baby teeth to come out faster, all I had to do was bite on hard fruits (apples for example) and teeth will pop right out. It is painless, bloody and very rewarding. However, it might not work right away either if the tooth is not loose enough.
Another method is to rotate the tooth and yank it out once it is loose enough. However, this method is not recommended generally, because it might lead to an infection if the timing was wrong.
What Should You Do Once The Baby Teeth Comes Out?
Rinse your child’s mouth with water and to tell her to spit out the excess blood. Next use a clean cotton ball or gauze and tell your child to “bite onto it” where the area is bleeding and wait for it to stop. It can take from 30 minutes to an hour to stop. Just be patient.
What Is The Difference Between Baby Teeth And Permanent Teeth
Sometimes permanent teeth comes out before baby teeth falls off. In this situation, it will look like your toddler has two sets of teeth, with one set in front of the other. This is pretty normal.
Permanent teeth are a lot bigger than baby teeth. They are also a little yellowish compared to baby teeth. The reason baby teeth looks white is because they don’t have as much enamel as adult teeth. Enamel is your teeth’s protection. Enamel is the reason why your teeth is considered the hardest bone in your body.
Permanent teeth are also a bit “spikey” or bumpy. This is normal. Just leave it alone and it will eventually even itself out.
Do You Need Surgery?
Generally, you don’t need surgery to remove baby teeth. The only exceptions is if your toddler has tooth decay, loss a tooth (from trauma), or needs braces.
Usually losing baby teeth is a very simple process. It is nothing to lose your sleep over. It can be pretty annoying to wait for your baby teeth to fall out. However, just be patient, wait a few days, and eat plenty of hard fruits. If you have any questions, please leave it in the comments section below.