We've answered some good questions about baby teething, but what about when your child is ready to lose those baby teeth? What can you expect and when can you expect it? We answer some common questions here:
Q: When will my child start losing her baby teeth?
A: Children can start losing their baby teeth anywhere between age 4 and 7. Typically, if your child got their baby teeth early, they will lose them early. If they got their baby teeth later, they may lose them later. Baby teeth start getting lose because the permanent tooth is starting to come in, although sometimes a tooth can come out without the permanent tooth pushing it out.
Q: What teeth will he lose first?
A: Usually teeth come out in the same order that they came in, so the bottom middle teeth (the lower centre incisors) are usually the first to go. These are followed by the upper middle teeth and then the four teeth surrounding them. These eight teeth are commonly lost by age 8 or so. The remaining teeth will fall out around age 10-12.
Q: How many teeth are coming in?
A: While baby has 20 baby teeth, they will eventually be replaced by 32 permanent teeth. The molars usually start coming in around age 6, which could cause some discomfort, with wisdom teeth not coming in until much later.
Q: How to get the loose tooth out?
A: While some children are excited about losing their baby teeth and the promise of a tooth fairy, others are quite worried about it, convinced that it will hurt. In reality, the baby tooth's roots will slowly disintegrate, meaning the tooth will get increasingly loose and wiggly. Encourage your child to gently wiggle the tooth and brush carefully around the gum line of the tooth. Don't try to pull out the tooth before it's ready and it should come out on its own in due time, and with very little, if any, bloodshed.
Q: What can I expect from the permanent teeth?
A: The permanent teeth coming in will be bigger than your child's baby teeth (they are the teeth they will have as adults after all). They are usually not as white as baby teeth and can often have ridges as they are new and haven't been worn down by chewing just yet.