When do baby teeth come in?
Baby teeth typically begin to erupt at about six months of age. All of your child’s baby teeth should be erupted by the time they are 2 to 2 ½ years old. Remember that every child is different in terms of timing of tooth eruption – so don’t fret if your child is teething early or late!
Here is a helpful diagram that demonstrates when each tooth erupts and then when each baby tooth may become loose so you can call the tooth fairy!
Typically by age 12, your child may have lost all of their baby teeth. Again, if your child seems to be loosing their baby teeth faster or slower than their friends, don’t worry. There is a wide age range when children can loose their baby teeth.
How Do Baby Teeth Fall Out?
As the adult teeth grow and develop underneath the baby teeth, they resorb the roots of the baby tooth, leaving it loose for you to wiggle out. Occasionally, the adult teeth can erupt behind or beside the baby teeth not allowing proper root resoption. In these cases, your pediatric dentist may need to assist in wiggling out the baby tooth to allow proper eruption of the adult tooth.
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