Losing teeth is exciting for young children, as it’s one of the first signs that they’re becoming big kids! They proudly show off their toothless smiles, excited to receive a visit from the Tooth Fairy. We at PeakView Dentistry we get many questions from parents who want to know what to expect when their children begin losing teeth. We’ve put together a guideline to help you through it!
Baby Teeth – What To Expect
Your child’s baby teeth will begin to appear between the ages of 6-12 months old. By the time he or she is 3 years old, all 20 baby teeth will have likely erupted. These teeth will begin to loosen and fall out by around the age of 6, and the permanent teeth will start to appear around age 8.
By the time your child is 12-14 years old, all of their baby teeth will have fallen out and they should have all of their adult teeth. The last teeth to appear are the third molars (more commonly known as wisdom teeth), between the ages of 18-21. All in all, adults have 32 teeth – 12 more than a set of baby teeth!
Types Of Teeth
There are four types of teeth, each used for a different function:
- Incisors – Incisors are the four front teeth on the top and the bottom of your child’s jaw. They’re used to cut and chop food.
- Canine (Eye Teeth) – These are your child’s four sharp, pointy teeth, one on each side of the mouth on top and bottom. They help to tear the food.
- Premolars (Bicuspids) – You have 8 bicuspid teeth, four on top and four on bottom. These are the wider teeth next to the canines. They’re used to grind and crush food.
- Molars – You have 8 molars, four on top and four on bottom. These are the teeth that are the furthest back in the jaws. These are the strongest teeth, working with your tongue to help swallow food.
Please remember that the above timeline is just a guide. Each child is different, and it’s ok if your child’s timeline varies a bit. However, if you feel like there is a problem with the eruption of your child’s teeth, please don’t hesitate to contact PeakView Dentistry. Our office is located in Boulder, CO.