Every milestone is your child’s life is a cause for celebration. Be it their first step, first word, or the eruption of their first tooth in the oral cavity and the first visit from the tooth fairy. When you become a parent, you are constantly confirming that your little one meets all the popular milestones on time.
Baby teeth—when they appear and when fall out:
Your child’s first set of teeth are called milk or baby teeth. The first tooth usually appears when the baby is about 6-7 months old. By the time your kid reaches their third birthday, they have the complete set of milk teeth in order and working. In a few short years, that is around the age of 6-7 years the buds of permanent teeth start appearing in the oral cavity and the visits from the tooth fairy start. Always keep in mind there is no exact age to pin the appearance and fall of milk and permanent teeth. Some kids are early and others a little late. In the beginning, it could be unsettling for the child to lose their milk teeth as they have become habitual to that appearance. By the age of 6-7 years, kids are mature enough to understand the importance of permanent teeth but may need reassurance.
Why do we have two sets of teeth—importance of milk teeth
Every parent has to go through the dreadful period of their child’s teething and delighted when it’s over. Most parents believe that milk teeth are going to fall out anyway, so why to take care of them? Well, it is very important to understand that milk teeth act as placeholders for the permanent teeth, helps in the development of speech, and let the jaw bone grow to achieve space for permanent teeth. They also help in guiding the permanent teeth in the growing bone.
What to expect and some tips to take care:
First, the most important thing to remember is no kid follows an exact timeline for eruption and falling out. Early teethes tend to lose their baby teeth early. Usually, kids start losing their teeth around 6-7 years of age and it takes few months from the time a tooth starts to become loose until it falls out.
Secondly, teething is a natural process and when a tooth falls out it’s natural for some bleeding to happen. Be calm and reassure your kid, rinsing with warm water and cleaning the area with a warm washcloth could help to speed the process of healing.
Some kids tend to brush hard, this can cause pain and discomfort. Make sure they don’t put much pressure on the area of lost tooth for a few days. Usually, milk teeth fall on their own, but if it’s wobbly and bothering your kid it is better to visit your dentist rather than yanking out a reluctant tooth before its time.
Always keep in mind, it is natural for kids to lose milk teeth. It could be embarrassing for some kids to have gaps in their teeth. Be calm and reassure your kid that it’s a natural process and new teeth are on their way.
It could be difficult for first-time parents to see their kids going through pain and discomfort. Celebrate the fall of each tooth and make them understand the importance of proper dental care habits. At Channel Islands Family Dental in Oxnard, we are happy to help and guide your little ones. Contact us today to book your appointments.