Losing baby tooth is an enticing milestone for children as well as the parent, especially for “MUMMIES”. But often parents get worked up in case of a late tooth loss in children. At the age of six onwards generally baby teeth should show signs of falling out, fall and eventually pave way for the upcoming permanent teeth. Normally girls begin to lose their baby teeth before boys and certainly the lower front teeth fall out first, followed by the rest over a period of time.
In case of mom’s who are not familiar with the tooth loss schedule take a look at this one:
- By the age of five or six months your baby should start teething.
- Between the ages of five to six years at least one baby tooth should become wobbly, though it might take a few months for the tooth to completely fallout from the time it began to be shaky. This is perfectly normal.
- Some may begin teeth falling as early as four while some may start losing only by seven, as such a plus or minus 1or 2 year variation from the standard 6 years should not be a problem.
- By the time the child is eight years old it should have lost on an average 8 baby teeth, that is four upper front teeth and four lower front teeth.
- Between the periods of eight to ten years of age there might not be a significant decrease in the number of teeth by way of fall out. I.e. the child may lose up to 8 teeth in the first years and then till he is 10 years old he may not lose any teeth at all.
Now in between this gap of two years it is best advised to give your child any kind of interceptive orthodontic treatment if required. ( Interceptive orthodontic treatment refers to any kind of rectification treatment provided in the early years of one’s life in view of prevention of progression of dental problems to a sever extent over a period of time. For e.g. if the child has a reasonably small jaw, it is better to provide a palate expander between the ages of 8 and 10 so that in the coming years there is sufficient space for the adult teeth to erupt correctly)
By the time the child is around 13 all the baby tooth should be lost.
In case you find your child’s tooth falling not in compliance of the chart and if he has been a late loser, talk to your dentist about the issue. Your dentist will certainly re assure you that it is nothing really to be worried about unless the baby teeth are causing any trouble for the upcoming adult teeth or if a late tooth loss in children could cause (if needed only) any kind of orthodontic treatment at an awkward age. For this purpose he may suggest an X-ray of the mouth to monitor the development of the baby teeth.
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