There are so many milestones that parents eagerly wait for their child to achieve. One such moment is related to their tooth. You get excited when their first tooth erupt and secondly when those baby teeth fall out. This marks a child’s growth and transition from infanthood to childhood. Each child has its own timeline of sprouting and losing baby teeth, thus, there is no fixed age of this phenomenon. Parents do get concerned about baby teeth(also called as milk teeth or primary teeth) if they don’t fall in the initial years. But is there anything to worry? When do baby teeth fall out in general? Onlymyhealth reached out to Dr. Siddharth Reddy, Paediatrician at Sharda Hospital, Greater Noida to know about baby teeth fall out chart.
If you are a first-time parent with no knowledge about baby teeth, you should note that these are very important. Baby teeth helps a baby chew down first foods that they are given. These are soft teeth that can help babies have soft foods. Most children get 20 milk teeth that generally come when the baby is six months old and these start to fall around 3 years of age. It takes years for all the milk teeth or baby teeth to fall and adult teeth to replace. This usually happens when the child enters teenage.
According to Dr. Siddharth Reddy, “teeth vary in size, shape and their location. Usually newborns have 20 baby teeth (Primary teeth) which starts to come in (erupt) at 6 months of age. They fall out (shed) at various times throughout childhood.”
Order of baby teeth falling out
Central incisor is the 1st tooth to shed by age of 6-7yrs followed by Lateral Incisor(7-8yrs), 1st Molar(9-11yrs), Canine and second molar(10-12yrs) in Upper and lower teeth. Refer to this chart for baby teeth shedding timeline:
- Lower central incisors- 6 to 7 years old
- Upper central incisors- 6 to 7 years old
- Upper lateral incisors- 7 to 8 years old
- Lower lateral incisors- 7 to 8 years old
- Upper first molars- 9 to 11 years old
- Lower first molars- 9 to 11 years old
- Upper canines- 10 to 12 years old
- Lower canines- 9 to 12 years old
- Lower second molars- 10 to 12 years old
- Upper second molars- 10 to 12 years old
This is a general timeline that is common in most cases but not mandatory. There may be differences in this chart and the actual timeline of a child. Many parents begin to worry if their kid do not get milk teeth in the initial months when they are supposed to get it. The same goes to shedding of milk teeth. It is completely normal to miss out the aforesaid timeline by a couple of months. However, if your child miss out eruption and fall out by more than 12 months, it is a matter of concern. You should consult a paediatrician to find the root cause of the problem.
Are There Any Complications Of Baby Teeth Fall Out?
According to Dr. Siddharth, “caries, tooth decay with injury, and infection are common problems, misalignment can also occur in genetically predisposed kids and needs to be corrected in due course of time.
Baby teeth or milk teeth falling out will happen on time, do not worry about that. If your child is facing issues because of that, just speak to a paediatrician who can look into the problem and help to resolve this.
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