Dental care for your kids sets the stage for healthy teeth throughout their lives.
Every child is different and kids start to lose their “baby teeth” at different ages. Dr. Dale Brant of Ingenious Dentistry says, “Children generally begin to lose their baby teeth somewhere between five to seven years of age, but some children as young as four years of age can start to lose their baby teeth.”
What is the same for all children is that it’s important they be introduced to brushing and flossing from an early age, long before their teeth start getting loose.
Children should also visit a dentist well ahead of their baby teeth becoming loose.
Dr. Brant says, “I recommend that children first visit the dentist around two to three years of age and it really depends on the child and their personality. If you slowly introduce them to the dental office and make it fun, then the child will have a positive experience. The last thing that you would want to do is to come for an emergency for their first dental visit. This could be the start of a dental phobia that some adults still have.”
Losing teeth is a great milestone in any child’s life, and they get really excited about it! But don’t forget: It can take years to see all their baby teeth replaced. It’s not unusual for a young person to lose that stubborn last baby tooth in their teenage years.
Tooth Adventures: Helping Kids Losing Baby Teeth
The first time your child starts to feel a loose tooth, he or she might be scared or excited. As soon as that first tooth starts feeling loose, it’s time to explain that this is a natural part of everyone’s life – and that they’re starting to grow up!
There are some important things to remember about kids and baby teeth:
Keep Wiggling a Loose Tooth
Once a tooth starts wiggling, it’s tough for kids to keep their tongues away. That’s normal and it’s not a bad thing!
Dr. Brant notes, “Most baby teeth will get loose and come out on their own, my only recommendation is once the tooth starts to get loose the child should try and move the tooth back and forth to speed up the process.”
In some cases, however, baby teeth do not become loose.
Dr. Brant says, “Most baby teeth will get loose on their own and this is caused by the pressure of the erupting adult teeth that eat away at the root of the baby tooth. Sometimes this does not happen due to the angulation of the erupting adult tooth. The root of the baby tooth does not melt away and the baby tooth will not become lose. At that time a decision to extract the baby tooth may be made.”
Kids Should Still Brush When Teeth Are Loose
Brushing is essential from the time baby teeth become visible and throughout life. Kids should continue brushing their teeth even when they notice wiggly teeth. Still, they should try to be gentle so teeth come out when they’re ready. Brushing too hard can agitate gums, and is a bad habit to develop.
Parents Should Set Realistic Expectations
Kids could go months without losing any teeth only to lose three in one week. With that in mind, be thoughtful about the Tooth Fairy’s rewards: $50 a tooth quickly adds up! And don’t even think about making sugary sweets part of the deal.
Most kids lose their baby teeth with no problems. However, if no baby teeth are lost by age seven, it’s time to investigate why. X-rays can discover issues with dental health and tooth alignment that may be affecting the baby teeth.
Visit Ingenious Dentistry for all your dental needs – it’s the family-friendly dentist in Houston kids love.
“We are always happy to see young children and to clean their teeth,” Dr. Brant says. “We strive to make their visits positive experiences that will encourage them to practice good oral care throughout their lives.”