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How Many Teeth Do Kids Lose
My son is 6 and is losing milk teeth and gaining permanent teeth. Does it make sense to make a pantomogram to see if all is well? How often?
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20 baby teeth: A child will normally have 20 baby (deciduous) teeth. These usually start to come into the mouth (erupt) when the child is around 6 months. The last baby teeth erupt around 2 years old. The baby teeth start to come out when permanent teeth start coming in. This usually starts around 6 years old and child will loose 8 front teeth. Around 10-12 years old, back 12 teeth come out. Ages can vary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ages 6-12: Although timing can vary, the 20 baby teeth usually begin shedding at age 6-7 and the process goes on until ages 11-14. A wonderful 7th birthday present would be to take your child to an orthodontist who can monitor their growth and development to assure the process goes well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Age 4-7: Children will normally begin to lose their baby teeth between the ages of 4-7. The lower two front teeth should be the first to go. As long as the order of the tooth loss and adult replacement proceeds normally, the actual age of loss shouldn't matter. Enjoy! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
When are children supposed to start losing their baby teeth? My son is six and has yet to have any teeth even become loose. Is this something to be concerned about? .
I: I would not be concerned because some of my patients do not lose teeth until seven and it will usually be the lower front central incisors. Some children will start exfoliating teeth at age four or five. I find that the children that are late with the eruption of their baby teeth seem to show the same pattern with the eruption of the permanent teeth. There is a year or two fluctuation with the eruption scheme of the permanent teeth. Also around this time the six year molars will start to erupt but again they may not start till seven. These teeth do not replace baby teeth and they erupt way in the back of the mouth. This is why it is important to have a dental exam and a panoramic x-ray at age six to check for proper growth and developement. This x-ray allows one to see all the teeth growing in the mouth. It is not uncommon to have baby teeth until the age of 12 and sometimes 13. There are genetic components involved meaning if the parents got there teeth in late usually we see the same trend with their children. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Is it best to let your child's baby teeth fall out on their own, or pull them out? Our son's beginning to lose his baby teeth, and he has one that's beginning to turn gray and just sitting there, not falling out. Is this something we can safely pull out a
Yes: Yes but it depends on his age. If loss is immenent with or without repair then you may let nature take its course. Teeth have several functions beyond chewing: speach, communication: verbal and nonverbal, self esteem and aesthetics. Detrimental tongue and lip habits can develop with tooth loss. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: If you work at it, maybe just a few weeks, if you just let it go it can take months. It is very dependent on the motivation of the patient...Or parent. Don't just wiggle wiggle the tooth. Firm constant pressure in one direction for about 5-10 sec then the other direction for 5-10 sec repeating this will make it come out much faster. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there a way to prevent dental bone loss when a child loses a permanent tooth prematurely and cannot get an implant because of young age?
Yes: Calcium and vitamin D absorption are especially important for strong healthy teeth. In adequate intake of either could affect teeth. Nutrition is also important for healthy gums and nerves which support the teeth. A well balanced diet is recommended. Plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables also help to "brush" the teeth and are low is sugar. High sugar can lead to dental caries.- so diet matters. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Start weaning at 1: Start weaning the bottle at 1 year or a little before. Once your child is drinking cow's milk always put the milk in a cup, not bottle. Then, just use bottles for water- typically this helps the weaning process go faster. Also, to protect your child's teeth never put them to bed with a bottle. The sugars from the milk can cause cavities. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It really depends: Not every baby follows the exact same schedule. But, most babies get the lower central incisors (two bottom front teeth) first & then the upper central incisors after that. Beyond that, the sequence may be irregular so don't worry about that. It is not terribly important when the teeth come in, but more important your dental hygeine regimen. Brush the teeth twice a day & avoid bottles in bed. ...Read moreSee 9 more doctor answers
Depends: The number of teeth children have depends on the age of the child, stage of development and whether or not any primary teeth are lost or retained. Generally, there are 20 primary or baby teeth and 32 permanent teeth. A child may be in a mixed dentition state where they have a combination of primary and permanent teeth. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers