A Guideline for Babies Losing Teeth

Having a baby is exciting and interesting at the same time and as your baby grows, things will happen such as losing teeth.  Although this is a sign of healthy developing, it is also a sign that this little baby is becoming a toddler.  Usually, babies will lose teeth around the same age but some lose them early and some late.  In this article, we have provided information about what you would expect for most children.  Therefore, if your child’s development is off a little, you should not worry.

When a baby starts losing teeth, the roots actually dissolve.  In addition to making it possible for the baby teeth to fall out, this also creates a clean pathway where the adult teeth will grow.  Just as the bottom two front teeth are the first to come in, they are also the first two lost.  After these teeth, the two top teeth will fall out.  Typically, children begin loosing teeth around the age of four but again, some children will lose them earlier and some as late as age eight.

In most cases, the process of children losing teeth happens on its own although in rare instances, a tooth will be stubborn at which time the dentist may need to assist getting it out.  Keep in mind that just because a child will have a loose tooth does not mean it will fall out right away.  In fact, it is normal for the tooth to work its way to being loose enough to fall out over a period of months.  If you find a tooth barely hanging on, it may be necessary to pull it out completely or have the dentist do it so the child does not accidentally swallow the tooth and choke.

Usually, around the age of four or five when children start losing teeth, they are so excited that they will wiggle it to help it fall out.  Most dentists actually tell parents to encourage the child to do this so it comes out instead of hanging on and posing a risk.  The goal is to make sure the root is disconnected.  At that point, the only thing hanging is a small portion of the actual tooth, which makes it each and painless to pull out.  If the tooth were pulled out prematurely with the root not yet dissolved, it could actually allow germs and bacteria to get into the open gap and cause an infection.

We have all seen the cute pictures of children after losing teeth, smiling from ear-to-ear with a huge gap right in the middle.  In addition to a unique smile, this also provides some challenges when it comes to eating.  As a parent, just keep this in mind, trying to choose foods that your child could chew safely.  Generally, kids do well but sometimes, eating can be difficult.  Remember, the gap will soon fill with new teeth so while a little funny, appreciate this short phase in your child’s life knowing that losing teeth from baby to adult is a one-time experience.

While we might think the process of losing teeth is painful, it actually does not seem to bother most children.  Now, on occasion a sharp edge of the tooth might cut into the gums, which would be painful and possibly cause bleeding.  In this case, you may need to have the child seen by the dentist to see if the tooth could be pulled out early.  If a child experiences discomfort of pain while losing teeth, usually baby Tylenol or ibuprofen is recommended but just check with the child’s doctor first.