When Should My Child’s Teeth Fall Out?

a tooth beneath a pillow after it fell out

Children typically begin to lose their baby teeth around the age of 6 years old, however, every child is different and each type of tooth generally falls out at different ages. Children do not usually lose their baby teeth until they are pushed about by the incoming adult teeth, so if your child loses a tooth due to decay or an accident, consult a dentist to ensure that their permanent teeth won’t be affected in the future. 

What Should I Do When My Child’s Teeth Begin To Fall Out?

As a parent, the most important thing for you to do when your child’s baby teeth begin to fall out is to make sure they are practicing good dental hygiene. Some things you can do to ensure this is happening are by making sure your child is brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing regularly, eating a healthy diet with very limited sugary snacks, and making sure to schedule dentist appointments as your dentist recommends. 

What Order Should My Child’s Teeth Be Falling Out In?

Most commonly, the first teeth a child loses are their lower central incisors (the two bottom front teeth). Next come the upper central incisors (two top front teeth), then the upper lateral incisors (the two on either side of the two top front teeth), followed by the lower lateral incisors (the two on either side of the two bottom front teeth). Finally come the upper and lower first molars, then the upper and lower canines, and last (but not least) the upper and lower second molars.

Should I Be Concerned If My Child’s Teeth Are Falling Out In The Wrong Order?

Again, each child is different and some changes to the order of teeth falling out can be normal. If you are concerned, please see a family dentist.  Dentists can help track your child’s oral development by using dental x-rays and other procedures.. Located in Southern Maine? Contact Gentle Dental in South Portland, Biddeford, or Topsham for a consultation.

Will My Child Get Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that grow in for some people when they are teenagers or even in their twenties. Some never get them at all. For some people, wisdom teeth can be extremely painful when growing in and require oral surgery to remove, but for others that get them, they may never be bothered by the molars at all. If you or your child is experiencing discomfort in the back of your mouth, consult a dentist and ask about wisdom teeth.

Do You Have More Questions? Contact Our Dental Offices in Southern Portland Maine

If you have any more questions about your child’s teeth, feel free to contact our offices. Our family dentists would be more than happy to see you and your children at our offices in South Portland, Topsham, or Biddeford. To set up an appointment for a new patient, please click here and fill out our new patient forms.