Baby's milk teeth: when do they fall out? and when do adult teeth arrive?

When you become a parent, you may feel like you are constantly proving that your child is more advanced than other children. One of those big moments - almost as big as when the first little tooth breaks through the gumline - is the tooth fairy's first visit to your child.

This is when you can expect your child to start losing baby teeth , have common problems and potential complications, and keep yourself informed about dental health. of your child.

Table of milk teeth - when they appear and when they fall out

Each child will break out and lose their teeth on their own timeline. When new teeth appear, the official term is eruption. Although most people think of them as milk teeth (or primary teeth), their official name is baby teeth. Your child will have a total of 20 baby teeth to swallow his snacks.

Your baby will begin to have teeth at around 6 months of age until around 3 years of age. From the age of 6, your child will lose all his milk teeth until the age of 12. When your child reaches adolescence, he will have 32 permanent adult teeth.

Tooth name and position Appearance Loss
Lower central incisors 6 to 10 months 6 to 7 years old
Upper central incisors 8 to 12 months 6 to 7 years old
Upper lateral incisors 9 to 13 months 7 to 8 years old
Lower lateral incisors 10 to 16 months 7 to 8 years old
Upper premolars 13 to 19 months 9 to 11 years old
Lower premolars 14 to 18 months 9 to 11 years old
Upper canines 16 to 22 months 10 to 12 years old
Lower canines 17 to 23 months 9 to 12 years old
lower molars 23 to 31 months 10 to 12 years old
Upper molars 25 to 33 months 10 to 12 years old

Why do we have two sets of teeth?

Why do baby teeth fall out? It turns out that these baby teeth act as a support, creating space in the jawbone for future permanent teeth.

For most children, baby teeth begin to fall out around age 6. Of course, not all teeth fall out at the same time!

When a permanent tooth is ready to erupt, the root of a baby tooth begins to dissolve until it is completely gone. At this point, the tooth is "loose" and is only held in place by the surrounding gum tissue.

First outing: Central incisors

You might be surprised to find that most people lose their baby teeth in the order they erupt.

Thus, as the lower central incisors are the first teeth to appear around the age of 6 months, they are also the first to detach and make way for your child's permanent teeth around 6 or 7 years of age.

After the lower central incisors, the upper central incisors come out, giving way to the larger upper central incisors that we all expect in adults.

For some children, losing their teeth can be an exciting time, especially if you introduce fun ideas like the tooth fairy or the little mouse. For others, it can be a little confusing because something they thought was permanent (their tooth) just came out of their mouth!

Likewise, it is not uncommon for children to feel a little discomfort or pain when they lose a tooth. After removing the tooth:

  1. Ask your child to wash his mouth with salt water to clean his gums.
  2. Use a compress to cover the area, called the "cavity", and encourage him not to spit up, as this can cause bleeding.
  3. Apply a cold, damp cloth after the bleeding has stopped if there is pain or discomfort.

Next: Lateral incisors

Once the central incisors have fallen out, the next baby teeth to go will be your child's lateral incisors. In general, the upper lateral incisors come out first. This usually happens between the ages of 7 and 8.

At this point, your child should be more familiar with the experience of losing a tooth. Ideally, this experience should no longer be frightening, as he will have already lost four teeth before the lateral incisors.

Let's see these choppers: Primary first molars

Compared to the eruption of your child's first teeth, losing them can be a much easier exercise for parents. While teething can be uncomfortable in general, the arrival of molars can be particularly painful for babies and young children.

In contrast, primary molars (also called first molars) are usually painless when they fall out or are replaced by permanent molars. These first primary molars are usually lost between the ages of 9 and 11.

Last round: Primary second molars and canines

The last milk teeth that remain are the canines and the second primary molars. Canines are usually lost between the ages of 9 and 12, while second primary molars are the last baby teeth your child will lose. These last teeth are usually lost between 10 and 12 years of age.

As your child grows, their jaws also grow to accommodate permanent teeth. When your child reaches the age of 13, he must have full and permanent teeth.

Keepsake box with milk tooth for baby

Quick reminder: What about wisdom teeth?

When your child reaches his late teens, his wisdom teeth (third molar) may appear. You may be surprised to learn that not everyone has their wisdom teeth. Some have only a few instead of the full four wisdom teeth, and not everyone needs to have them removed.

The latter are called wisdom teeth due to the popular belief that one only gets these teeth once one is more mature and has gained knowledge through greater life experience.

What happens if my child does not meet this deadline?

The timeline presented here is only a general guideline. If your child's teeth are slow to erupt, you should expect the loss of baby teeth to take a little longer as well.

However, if your child has missed the milestones of teething by one year (whether it's a blowout or a loss), talk to their dentist.

Planning dental visits

Regardless of what goes (or doesn't) go into your child's mouth, you need to schedule a date before their first birthday. After the first visit, your child should visit the dentist every 6 months.

What does the tooth fairy or the little mouse bring nowadays?

Not everyone introduces their child to the Tooth Fairy, but it's a way to make a milestone fun. You might be wondering how much the tooth fairy should leave. The answer is... it varies. Some parents give a few cents knowing that there are several teeth, others give a few euros.

In general, the tooth fairy (for a girl) and the little mouse (for a boy) tend to be more generous for the first tooth!

Children will lose their teeth and develop a wonderful smile 😬 on their own schedule. The most important thing is that you teach your child to maintain good dental hygiene, so that long after his baby teeth are gone, his permanent teeth are healthy.

To remember your first milk teeth, discover our wooden keepsake box, ideal for keeping memories of these exciting moments. Every tooth will remind him how he lost it. Unforgettable moments.

Find out more by clicking here .

Keepsake Box with Wooden Milk Teeth

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Can you still remember how happy you were when baby got his first tooth?

Experience the same happiness when the tooth fairy or the little mouse comes to visit your child for the first time!

Keepsake box milk tooth for baby

To best prepare for this magical moment, we offer you this ecological wooden box , ideal for keeping your children's teeth when they fall out. Your child will enjoy keeping their teeth as if they were a real treasure. In addition, children will learn the name of each tooth, since each small hole is marked with the name of the corresponding tooth.

The tooth fairy or the little mouse will be able to store the baby teeth safely

A beautiful keepsake for you and your little one!

Each milk tooth is unique for the baby, as it preserves the memorable moments of the child's growth. To learn more about milk teeth click here

Souvenir wooden milk tooth box for boy and girl

How to handle a baby tooth?

  • Step 1: Sterilize the extracted tooth . Put the extracted milk tooth in boiling water for about five minutes.
  • Step 2: Let it air dry . Sterilized teeth should be placed in a well ventilated area.
  • Step 3: Place the tooth in its location

Features of our wooden keepsake box:

  • Made of high quality and eco-friendly pine wood
  • Capacity for 22 teeth
  • Two models available: for boys and for girls
  • All texts in the box are in French
  • Dimensions of the box: 12 x 11.5 x 3 cm
  • Corrosion resistant and durable for better tooth retention.
  • Protect and organize baby teeth
  • Keep a record for each baby tooth
  • Ideal as a birth or birthday present.

Why should you save your child's baby teeth?

The abundance of stem cells present in their baby teeth could save their lives in the future. These stem cells are widely used to treat diseases such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.

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