baby teeth falling out

Everything You Need to Know About Baby Teeth Falling Out

Baby teeth falling out is a natural milestone in every child’s life. It’s also a good time to focus on the importance of dental care, and to make sure your child forms good brushing habits. This month is National Children’s Dental Health month, and the friendly dentists at Mettler and Griego Family Dentistry are here to answer all of your questions about baby teeth falling out. 

When do baby teeth fall out?

Baby teeth usually start falling out around age six or seven, continuing until age ten to twelve. Sometimes accidents or decay can cause baby teeth to fall out early. Early tooth loss affects the alignment of the permanent teeth, so caring for the baby teeth is very important.

How many baby teeth fall out?

There are 20 baby teeth, including the central and lateral incisors, the canines, and the first and second molars. The baby front teeth fall out first, followed by the first molars, the canines, and finally the second molars. The entire process takes around six or seven years.

How often should kids visit the dentist?

Besides a visit from the tooth fairy, kids should also expect a visit to the dentist when they lose one of their baby teeth. The baby teeth guide the permanent teeth into place, so regular dentist visits to check on your child’s progress are essential. When kids start losing their baby teeth, you should start scheduling checkups every six months. 

Form good habits early!

Baby teeth falling out is a good time to stress the importance of daily brushing habits. Starting good habits early will protect your child’s permanent teeth for the rest of their lives. Remind your child to brush every morning and before bedtime, supervise brushing whenever possible, and offer assistance or guidance as needed. 

Schedule a Visit Today

Forming good habits early and scheduling regular dentist visits are the best ways to protect your child’s permanent teeth. If you have questions about baby teeth falling out, schedule an appointment at Mettler and Griego Family Dentistry in Glendale. Our friendly dentists will help you keep your kids and cavity-free and smiling bright! Call us today at 623-471-1714 or visit our website to schedule your child’s next checkup.

 

Photo by Christian Mukala on Unsplash used under Creative Commons license for commercial use 2/21/2021.