When do children start changing teeth?
Erupting permanent teeth cause the roots of baby teeth to be reabsorbed so that by the time they are loose there is little holding them in place besides a small amount of tissue. Most children lose their baby teeth in this order:
- Baby teeth ordinarily are shed first at about age 6 when the incisors, the middle teeth in front, become loose.
- Molars, in the back, are usually shed between ages 10 and 12, and are replaced with permanent teeth by about age 13
Children usually wiggle their teeth loose with their tongues or fingers, eager to hide them under their pillow for the “tooth fairy.” If your child wants you to pull out the already loose tooth, grasp it firmly with a piece of tissue or gauze and remove it with a quick twist. Occasionally, if a primary tooth is not loosening sufficiently on its own, your child’s dentist may suggest extracting it.
If your child loses his baby teeth by decay or accident too early, his permanent teeth can erupt prematurely and come in crooked because of limited space. According to orthodontists, 30 percent of their cases have their origins in the premature loss of baby teeth.
Baby teeth: What you should know when they start coming off
- Different milk teeth comes off at different ages. Make they that they do not come off too early nor get retained for extended period of time.
- Decay in milk teeth must also treated and daily brushing is mandatory
- Ensure that permanent (adult) teeth eruption is not obstructed.
- It is good to take more chewy foods during the teeth changing phase
- Pay attention to bad oral habits, which should be corrected before age of 4 years.
- Malocclusion or crowded teeth can affect your child’s appearance and self-esteem
- Practice good oral hygiene at all times.