Losing baby teeth is graduation of sorts for your child. It means they are growing up. And with this comes the excitement for your child (think Tooth Fairy) and for you as a parent!
There are some important things every parent should know about the process of their child losing baby teeth, and having permanent teeth come in:
Usually around the age of six, some of the permanent or ‘adult’ teeth will have formed in your child’s gums, and will be ready to make their debut. As the permanent teeth grow, they will cause the baby teeth to become lose and eventually fall out, making way for the new permanent teeth. In most cases, the teeth will fall out in the order that they came in.
The full process of the baby teeth being replaced by permanent teeth is usually complete at approximately thirteen years of age.
If you notice that your child is losing baby teeth yet no permanent teeth are coming in, this is a sign that there may be a problem, and you should come in and see us.
While your child is going through the process of losing baby teeth, it’s vitally important to continue to practice good dental hygiene. There are no more teeth after permanent adult teeth, so it’s important that your child continues to brush and floss, eat a healthy diet, and come in for regular checkups so that their new teeth will last for their lifetime. Your Dentist may recommend fluoride treatments as part of your child’s ongoing dental care.