At what age will the child’s milk teeth fall off?
Being a parent, you will always be excited about your child’s first tooth. From his first step to his first tooth. Now when it comes to teeth falling, it follows a simple rule – “First in, First Out” so there’s nothing to worry. And if it’s your child who worries about the pain, it would cause to lose a tooth, then assure him that he would not feel a bit of pain.
The eruption is a process where your child’s teeth begin to erupt or shed. The teeth that fall off are the baby teeth or the primary teeth. The period of eruption is different for each child.
When do the teeth fall off?
Most children have their teeth fall off between the age of 5 to 7. But losing teeth could start at an age of 4 or as late at the age of 7, is still considered to be normal.
As the rule is first in, first out – A child’s 20 teeth come up until the age of 3. The first grown are the bottom two teeth in the center or the incisors. So they are the first to fall. The next is the top two center teeth or the top four as they would have come in before.
It is believed that the teeth do not fall off until its permanent teeth are ready to come up and start to push the baby teeth where it begins to turn loose. Although, it’s possible for a child to lose his teeth before the time due to an accident or dental issues. In such a case, sometimes a pediatric dentist will place a custom-fit plastic placeholder (spacer) until the adult tooth is ready to emerge. This prevents future spacing problems.
Also, if your child is losing teeth before the age of 4 or has not lost a tooth, but it’s safe to get it checked with your dentist. Mostly at the age of 6 – 12 a mixture of both primary teeth and permanent teeth will be there, as all the baby teeth might not have had fallen off.
You could ask your child to gently wiggle a wobbly tooth as the root underneath has already disintegrated completely. Do not encourage him to yank or force pull teeth as the broken root might turn to be more infectious. However, a loose tooth being stubborn to fall out is to be pulled by a doctor but in most cases, it is not necessary to do that. The process of losing a tooth would not be as painful to your child as teething.
At this age, brushing is more important than ever. As a parent, you need to impart brushing habits to your child until the age of 8. According to the Dental Association, fluoride toothpaste is to be used in the right quantities, were just a thin line for kids under the age of 2 and a small pea size for kids aged 2 and more. Also, at every stage make it a practice to change your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months before its bristles are worn-out or frayed. And do visit the dentist at least twice every year.
So do not worry after the teeth fall. Get excited and witness your child with and without those baby teeth and see the permanent ones taking place. Happy Smiling.
1. A baby tooth is completely grown until the age of 3 in most of the cases.
2. These are replaced by permanent ones when the primary teeth start to fall between 4 to 7 years of age.
3. Stubborn loose teeth need to be pulled by your doctor.
4. Taking care of your child’s teeth all this while is crucially to avoid any infections and promoting healthy growth.