Many parents in our practice are curious about when do baby teeth fall out. It is one of the more common questions that Dr. Bechtloff answers every day.
There are a total of twenty primary (baby) teeth. The first ones to come in are usually the lower front teeth around the age of six months. The last baby teeth to show up are the upper second baby molars, and they appear between 30 and 36 months of age.
Not much happens to the baby teeth between 3 and 6 years of age. But between 6 and 8 years however, there is a lot of action as kids normally lose their eight primary front teeth. Four teeth on top and four teeth on the bottom. Between age 8 and age 10 there is another two-year pause that catches many parents by surprise since they have become accustomed to teeth being lost left and right. The last twelve primary teeth are then lost between ages 10 and 13.
These are merely averages however. In some cases baby teeth fall out faster or sometimes slower than this. It is not unusual to see a 10-year-old with no baby teeth remaining, nor is it surprising to see a 14-year-old still hanging on to a few. The actual ages are not as important as the pattern.
If baby teeth are not lost in the right order, or if a tooth is lost and more than three months go by without a permanent replacement coming in, there may a problem. Some possibilities include missing teeth or overcrowding of the permanent teeth. This is what Dr. Bechtloff is evaluating at your child’s recall visits. He can tell you if everything is normal or if interceptive Phase 1 orthodontics is advisable. If you are concerned about how things are going in your child’s mouth, just ask. That’s what we do at DrB4kids.
Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
Oxford Valley Professional Center
400 North Buckstown Drive