Losing baby teeth is an important milestone in your child’s life. Many parents worry about various factors related to losing baby teeth. They often ask about the right age when the first baby tooth should fall or what is the predictable order. Moreover, parents often panic if the child is not losing baby teeth on time.
This is a natural process, where baby teeth fall out to allow permanent teeth to grow. The first baby teeth to fall out are the bottom front teeth, followed by the two top front teeth, then the next two on either side of the bottom jaw and finally the two on the top. This usually occurs between the ages of 6-8. The rest of your child’s teeth don’t fall out until the age of 10-12.
When your child complains of a loose teeth, it is a sign that the tooth fairy has come to call. Baby teeth or primary teeth tend to loosen when the permanent teeth moves up in the jaw. When your child has a loose baby tooth, it is recommended not to yank it out. You must let nature take its course. But it is important to ensure proper oral care.
Is Losing Baby Teeth A Dental Emergency?
Some children may lose baby teeth at an earlier age and some later. This can either be normal or an indication of dental emergency. If your child loses baby teeth prematurely or has not lost them until the age of 7, it is wise to consider visiting the dentist.
If the child’s tooth was already loose because of the permanent teeth coming in, then you can welcome an early visit from the tooth fairy. In such a case the premature fall of a baby tooth is normal.
A child can also lose teeth prematurely due to an accident, injury or tooth decay. Moreover, losing a tooth before it’s ready can lead to crowding by other teeth in the vacant space. The tooth might not leave enough room for the eruption of a permanent tooth.
Losing baby teeth can either be caused or result in the above-mentioned dental emergencies hence, it is best to get it evaluated to avoid further issues.
The event of losing baby teeth can be a special one for your child as well as you. Practicing a good oral care routine and getting regular dental check-ups with a professional, will make the process easier for your little one.