When Will My Child Start Losing Teeth?

By June 19, 2017 July 7th, 2017 Before Braces, Blog, FAQ's

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Losing baby teeth is a big milestone that many kids look forward to. Around the time your child enters kindergarten or first grade, he or she may start asking, “When will I lose my first baby tooth?” We’ve put together some information to help answer your kids’ questions about when (and in what order) they will start losing teeth.

At What Age Do Kids Normally Start Losing Teeth?

Most kids will start losing baby teeth between the ages of 6–8. However, keep in mind that every child is different. Your child may experience his or her very first wiggly tooth as early as age 4 or 5. If you have any concerns about your kid’s teeth falling out too early or too late, talk to your dentist or orthodontist. Tooth loss that happens slightly “early” or “late” is totally normal as long as it follows the regular sequence.

Which Baby Teeth Fall Out First?

To put it simply, tooth loss starts in the front of the mouth and moves back. Here is the normal order in which primary teeth fall out:

  1. Lower and upper central incisors (around age 6)
  2. Lower and upper lateral incisors (around age 7)
  3. Lower canines and upper first molars (around age 10)
  4. Lower first molars (around age 11)
  5. Upper and lower second molars and upper canines (around age 12)

For related info, check out our previous posts: Does My Child Need Baby Teeth Removed?  and Early Braces: Does Your 7-Year-Old Need Braces?

Did You Know?

The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends taking your child for his or her first orthodontic checkup no later than age 7. Click here to learn why it’s important to schedule your kid’s first visit to the orthodontist by the time he or she is 7 years old.

Have questions about when your child should start losing teeth? Ready to schedule his or her first orthodontic checkup? Contact us. Call our office at 636.825.1000 or email info@doughertyorthodontics.com to schedule an appointment with St. Louis orthodontist, Dr. Dougherty.