Losing Baby Teeth
Most children start losing baby teeth by age six, starting with the front teeth and going all the way to the molars at the back by age 12 or 14.
Losing baby teeth is a right of passage for most kids. Some can actually pull out their own loose teeth, wiggling them out or using other techniques that may not be dentist-recommended. If your child is getting impatient with a loose tooth, use a piece of tissue or gauze to grasp the tooth firmly and remove it with a quick twist. If all else fails, take your child to the dentist for help removing the tooth.
Baby Teeth Care Basics
It's never too early to start taking good care of your baby's teeth. Here are some baby teeth care basics:
- Prevent early childhood caries, also known as baby bottle tooth decay, by making sure baby doesn't sleep with a bottle containing any sugary liquids -- even breast milk. And never give your child a pacifier that's been dipped into anything sweet.
- Start brushing baby teeth as soon as the first tooth appears. Routine baby dental care should also include massaging the gums with a clean gauze pad. When all teeth have erupted, floss at least once a day to help prevent the buildup of dental plaque.
- Wean your baby off thumb-sucking if he or she is still doing so by age four. Otherwise, it can cause overcrowded or crooked teeth.
- Consider a combination of fluoride treatment and dental sealants, thin plastic coatings applied on baby molars to keep dental plaque from accumulating. Talk to your dentist before giving your child any fluoride dental treatment and have your child use only un-fluoridated toothpaste until two years of age.
- Take your child to the dentist after the first tooth arrives or by age one. Regular dental visits combined with daily baby teeth care can help give your baby a good head start on the road to dental health.
A great dentist or pediatric dentist can answer any questions you might have about baby teeth development and help provide tips for proper baby teeth care.