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Why Do Kids Lose Their Teeth?

Losing a tooth is a big moment for any child. As a parent, you want to be able to make those moments memorable. When do kids lose their teeth? According to the Mayo Clinic, children begin to lose their baby or primary teeth around the age of six and may continue to lose their teeth up to the age of 13. While this range will vary from child to child, girls tend to lose their teeth sooner than boys. The following are some tips to help you and your child prepare for the first loss of a baby tooth.

Start the Conversation Early

A common question from many children is, "Why is my tooth falling out?" Baby teeth loosen as their roots begin to dissolve. The time it takes for one tooth to fall out after it has become loose is generally a few months. As the adult tooth begins to grow, the baby tooth becomes increasingly looser. Teeth tend to fall out in the same order in which they came in. The bottom two front teeth generally fall out first followed by the top two front teeth. Try to keep the conversation light when discussing tooth loss. At this early age, children won't necessarily benefit from knowing all the details; a general idea of what is happening and the assurance that this is something very normal will take away any uneasiness or fear.

Make the Experience Fun

This is a great opportunity to introduce your child to the Tooth Fairy if they have not already heard about her. You can read a Tooth Fairy poem or book or share one of your childhood memories with your child to create some excitement for him. Also, you can use this time to tap into your child's creative side by doing a craft project to make a special box for the tooth.

Capture the Moment

Losing your first tooth is definitely a big-kid moment; be sure to let your child know this so that they can take some pride in this special time. Have your camera at the ready to take pictures and videos of the tooth's progress. There is no exact answer to the question "When do kids lose their teeth?" Nonetheless, it is important to give your child a great experience.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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