When Do Kids Start Losing Teeth?

As a parent, you are often worried about your children’s health, and that includes their teeth. If you are wondering when kids lose teeth, you have come to the right place. Kids start losing their primary or baby teeth when they reach the age of about 6.

Baby teeth eruption and fall out are different for each child and depend on oral health, diet, and few other factors. Each child has around 20 baby teeth that allow them to enjoy their favorite snacks.

Your kid will start gaining teeth when he or she is 6 months old, and the process continues till your kid turns 3. When kids reach the age of 6, they start losing their milk teeth, which happens up till the age of 12. When your child hits teenage, they’ll have a mouth full of 32 adult teeth.

Why Do Baby Teeth Fall Out?

This is because the primary teeth are like space creators and holders in the jaw for the future adult teeth to come in. When it’s time for the permanent tooth to erupt, the baby teeth’s root starts to dissolve until it completely disappears. During this time, the tooth is loose and the only thing holding onto it is the surrounding gum tissue.

The Order Of Teeth Loss

Strange but true, most kids lose their primary or baby teeth in the same order of eruption. That turn in the process of FIFO – First in First Out.

Central Incisors

The first baby teeth that erupt are the central incisors, and when teeth start to fall, these teeth are the ones to lose and create space for permanent teeth.

The next in line after lower central incisors are upper central incisors. When they are gone, children get to witness larger central incisors that are commonly seen when an adult opens their mouth.

Lateral Incisors

The next in line are lateral incisors, and usually, the upper lateral incisors fall out first. And this all happens when your child is around 7 to 8 years old.

Now that your child is more familiar with the process of losing teeth, he or she might be better able to cope up with the situation.

Primary First Molars

Losing teeth is way more comfortable for parents than handling the process of eruption. Teething is a difficult time and can be very frustrating for babies and toddlers.

Opposingly, the first/primary molars don’t cause much pain or discomfort when they become loose or permanent molars replace them. The primary first molars fall out between the ages of 9 and 11.

Primary second molars

The canines and primary second molars are the last ones to go when your kids start losing teeth.
When your child is between the age of 9 and 12, the canines will shed away. The last baby teeth your kid will lose are primary second molars, which happens between the ages of 10 and 12.

When your kid becomes 13 years old, they will have a mouth full of permanent teeth.

If you wish to learn more about the eruption and shedding of teeth, contact the experts at Vintage Smile Family Dentistry. To book an appointment, call (281) 251-7770.