Baby Teeth

Let’s Talk Baby Teeth!

There is a lot to learn when you are a parent to a young child. As a parent, you won’t always have the answer to every question, but we can help you keep your head on your shoulders when it comes to baby teeth, it’s kind of our specialty.

Even though we shed them away, keeping baby teeth healthy is important!

When it comes to losing baby teeth, there’s a lot more to the conversation than just when they may be falling out. When should permanent teeth show up? What if baby teeth don’t fall out?

What to Expect

Around the age of three, your child should have twenty baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, in place. In a few years, your child will start losing those baby teeth and pushing up those thirty-two adult teeth. Though you can’t predict when your child will actually lose that first baby tooth, around the age of six is a common time when the first baby tooth jumps ship.

A loose tooth can take anywhere from weeks to months to fall out. Pediatric dentists never recommend prematurely pulling a tooth out; so do not let your brave kiddo tie a string to the loose tooth and a doorknob in hopes of getting an early visit from the tooth fairy.

Find even more helpful tips on what to expect in our Tooth Talk blog.

Tooth Tip:

Did you know that teeth follow the FOFI rule? First out, first in!
Baby teeth usually fall out in the same pattern that adult teeth come in? (This doesn’t take into account teeth lost due to trauma)

Trouble With Teething?

Unfortunately, teething isn’t only something that happens to toddlers. Your child will “teethe” again when those adult teeth cut through. Keep those fruit popsicles on hand and Tylenol or ibuprofen in the cabinet. Patience and good oral care will keep those teeth on track.

When Should I Be Worried?

When should you start worrying? If your child begins losing those baby teeth prior to the age of four, call the dentist. Same goes for children who do not loose any of those baby teeth by age eight – call the dentist. BUT don’t forget that it can take nearly several years for all of those teeth to fall out and for others to grow in. Poor hygiene can even lead to tooth decay or gum disease in baby teeth, so be sure to teach your kids a good oral health routine early on.

Did your child swallow a tooth? All is well and practically harmless. Simply write a note to the tooth fairy explaining what happened. Get ready for your child to loose baby teeth when eating or even talking

When Should I Not Be Worried?

Sometimes, an adult tooth comes in even when the baby tooth has not exited. This positions a tooth behind a tooth. No stress! Eventually when that baby tooth falls out, the teeth will readjust. Those two front teeth may seem too big for that sweet, little mouth. Again, there is no immediate need for concern. Typically, the adult mouth will develop and fit better match those teeth. You may be asking yourself, “When is it time to have an ortho visit?” The answer is sooner rather than later. Consultations and check-ups are great to calm the nerves and plan for your family’s dental future.

Feeling better about baby teeth and the soon to be adult teeth? Does your child seem worried or scared? Let them know how exciting this time in their childhood is, because it means they are becoming a big kid! It’s a fun time for the whole family to grow together and talk teeth. At Snodgrass-King Dental Associates, we would love to sit down with you and your little ones to discuss great oral care and what more to expect when transitioning from baby teeth into adult teeth. Request an appointment with us today!