At what age will your child lose his baby tooth?
Have you ever told the story of the tooth fairy to amuse your kid? He may or may not hide a broken tooth under his pillow, expecting a surprise the next morning. Consequently, your child may impatiently wait for his tooth to fall off as a reward awaits him at the other side!
Teething is a very crucial part of human development. Teeth first appear at the age of six months and children normally shed them at the age of five or six. By the time your child is two or three years old all his twenty teeth will grow, ten on each side.
The age when they lose teeth differs from child to child, but small variations are acceptable. The whole process is very painful as a tooth don’t just drop off, they loosen over time and fall off gradually. Some children might try to rip their tooth off to fasten the process. Sometimes doctors encourage them to do so.
There are quite a few differences between permanent teeth and baby teeth. For instance, baby teeth are smoother and also smaller in both number and size. They also tend to be whiter than permanent teeth. If you compare your teeth to your child’s milk teeth, you will notice that you have six extra teeth on each side of the jaw. This is because babies do not have the first molars.
Children start losing their baby teeth around the age of 5 whereas some may not shed them until they are seven years old. A loose tooth can be troubling, but they do fall off naturally if you don’t intervene.
Many children lose their tooth while they’re eating. All it takes is just one bite of a burger before the tooth detaches itself from the gums. If your child is unwilling to detach the tooth, then wait for it to fall off naturally.
Sometimes, your kid may find himself growing impatient. Maybe the tooth is moving vigorously but is too stubborn to detach itself. In this case, take a tissue and tug the teeth until it separates from the gum. Be gentle, so the pain lasts only for a few seconds.
If the tooth isn’t loose enough then encourage your child to tease the loose tooth with his tongue. This can speed the whole process. If you’re not sure and if removing the teeth is the best option, then it is better to consult a dentist.
Sometimes difficulty arises when the permanent teeth pop out before the milk teeth have fallen. This is not unusual. If you’re worried, then head to the hospital to get it checked out. If the matter is pressing, your child’s dentist could get an x-ray done and decide on the best possible course of action. If needed he will remove the baby tooth so the permanent tooth can prosper.
The middle teeth, also known as incisors, becomes lose first. This is the first sign that your child is ready to shed his baby teeth. Incisors typically appear between seven and nine years. The six additional teeth called the first molars to appear between the ages of six and seven and don’t replace any teeth.
Canines emerge between the ages of eleven and twelve. When your child is ten, first and second premolars start growing out. By the age of thirteen, children have twenty-eight teeth, fourteen on each side. Your child’s wisdom tooth appears in his teen years and may sometimes even appear in the early twenties. Sometimes wisdom teeth may not grow at all.
Dental care is very important no matter how old your child is. Baby teeth hygiene is taken for granted but there is special toothpaste for the baby which is even safe to swallow. This way, your child will get used to a toothbrush from a young age. Extra care needs to be taken while brushing when baby teeth start wiggling. Encourage your children to brush their teeth at least twice a day around this age so they inculcate the habit.
• Teeth start dropping around the age of six. It is best to allow teeth to fall off naturally. However, you can try detaching it with care if your child starts cribbing.
• Permanent teeth start growing around the age of six and your child acquires the last of his teeth called the wisdom teeth in his late teens or early twenties. There is a total of thirty-two permanent teeth compared to twenty baby teeth.
• Teeth need to be taken care of whether they are temporary or permanent. Special kind of brushes and toothpaste are designed for young kids. Ensure that his teeth are healthy and consult the dentist regularly.