Losing baby teeth is an important milestone in every child’s life. When baby teeth fall out, they make room for permanent teeth and represent the growth of your child. As a parent, you may be wondering, when you should expect your child to lose their baby teeth.

Your child will probably start losing their baby teeth when they are five or six years old. They may lose them earlier at age four or a bit later at age eight. If your child loses his teeth earlier or later than age five or six, you should take them to a pediatric dentist to make sure there are no complications with their teeth or gums. Keep in mind that because girls develop faster than boys, they typically lose their baby teeth at an earlier age.

What Happens When Baby Teeth Fall Out

As permanent teeth grow into the jaw, baby teeth start to loosen and eventually fall out. When this happens, the permanent teeth dissolve the roots of the baby teeth, making the roots invisible when baby teeth fall out.

You should expect your child’s baby teeth to fall out in the same order they appeared. First their two bottom teeth will fall out, then their top front teeth, followed by their bottom jaw teeth, and the two teeth on top.

Should I Pull My Child’s Teeth?

Many parents make the mistake of pulling their child’s teeth. By doing so, they increase their child’s risk for developing an injection. Instead of yanking your child’s teeth, you should encourage them to brush them at least twice a day, floss before bedtime, limit the amount of sugary foods and drinks they eat, and visit the dentist every six months. Following these dental hygiene tips will help their teeth come out without any issues.

Concerned About Your Child’s Baby Teeth? Call Triangle Pediatric Dentistry

If you are concerned about the loss of your child’s baby teeth, you owe it to yourself to schedule an appointment at Triangle Pediatric Dentistry by calling (919) 435-7660. Dr. Hollowell or Dr. Porter will be able to examine your child’s mouth and let you know if there are any problems. Allow our expert Raleigh pediatric dentists to assist your child with his or her needs.