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Losing The First Baby Tooth

Pediatrics and Child Health

For most kids, losing the first baby tooth is an important milestone. Not only do they get a visit from the tooth fairy, but they get to proudly show off their gummy smile which is a visible sign of growing up. For parents, the loss of the first baby tooth can be a major milestone too and the first sign that their baby isn't a baby anymore. Concerned parents may also wonder, what is normal as far as when your child should lose his first baby tooth and may also wonder whether there is anything to be concerned about when it comes to loosing baby teeth.

Losing the First Baby Tooth

Most kids lose their first baby tooth some time between their fifth and sixth birthdays. The earlier your child began teething, the more likely it is that your child will lose his first baby tooth at a younger age. While all kids lose their teeth at different times, if your child has not lost his first baby tooth by the time he is seven, you may wish to consult with a dentist who can take x-rays to ensure that all the teeth are in fact where they belong under the gums.

When your child begins to lose baby teeth, there is little for you to worry about. In most cases, the adult tooth naturally pushes the baby tooth out and the process if relatively painless. There may be a small amount of blood when the tooth actually comes out, but there should be little to no pain and the blood will stop quickly. The adult tooth may take a little time to grow in, and may look less white than the surrounding baby teeth or too large for your child's head. Don't worry about either of these things: baby teeth are naturally whiter than adult teeth and eventually the other adult teeth will come in and your child's mouth will look more uniform in color. Your child will also grow into his "too-large" teeth.

For some kids, the adult teeth come in before the baby teeth are lost, making it look as if your child actually has two rows of teeth. This can be unsightly, but will resolve itself, usually within a three month period. If it continues and does not resolve itself after several months, you may wish to consult with your dentist who can identify whether there are any problems.

You can also encourage your child to wiggle loose teeth to help out with the process. When your child does loose his first baby tooth, you can reward him with a visit to the tooth fairy, or otherwise do something to let him know that this is a special and fun experience. If your child is late with loosing teeth, on the other hand, comfort him with the fact that when they do come in, the adult teeth will be stronger because of the extra time to develop and thus will be less prone to developing cavities. He'll feel better knowing his adult teeth are in there and that the loss of his first baby tooth will come in time.

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