When Do Baby Teeth Fall Out?
Your child’s baby or primary teeth usually start loosening around the age of six. This process continues for some years until age 10-12, until all baby teeth have shed. The first baby teeth to fall out are typically the two bottom and two top front teeth. They are followed by the lateral incisors, first molars, canines, and second molars (in that order).
That said, sometimes this process can be delayed by as long as a year. So, if it’s been a few months since your child’s sixth birthday and they still haven’t shed their first teeth, there is usually no reason to worry. Of course, your pediatric dentist can help answer any questions or concerns you might have.
Is it possible for your child to lose teeth too quickly? Yes, it can be. Baby teeth usually stay in place until a permanent tooth pushes them out as part of a resorption process. Sometimes, however, your child might lose a tooth too early because of tooth decay or an accident, or even because of wiggling a slightly loose tooth. If a tooth falls out too soon, a permanent tooth might drift into this new space. This can cause other permanent teeth to come in crooked and result in crowding.