Most kids start losing their baby teeth between the age of 5 and 12, but there are a number of factors that influence the process, determining it to start earlier or later – here are some of them:
- Trauma – if a child loses a tooth much earlier than the age of 5, the cause may be not the natural growth process, but some sort of trauma to the tooth that the parents are not aware of, such as a fall or a blow to the tooth. If only one tooth is affected and it is not followed by others within a short timeframe and there is no decay visible on the surrounding teeth, there is no reason to be concerned;
- Certain physical conditions – children suffering from Down syndrome usually start losing teeth later that other kids;
- Gender-related differences – girls usually get their baby teeth earlier than boys and they also start losing them at an earlier age.
The first baby teeth to go are the two bottom front teeth, usually followed by the two teeth on the sides of the jaw, also on the bottom, then by the two lateral incisors on the top. The process starts with a loosening of the individual teeth, then each tooth takes its own course and falls out without any pain. Visit a Highlands Ranch dental office for more instruction in the health of your family’s teeth.