What is the Correct Order of Losing Teeth?

Here at Gladwell Orthodontics, Dr. Gladwell sees many children. Their parents often ask him whether their child’s loss of baby teeth is occurring the way it should be. The process of a child’s teeth falling typically out lasts six years or more.

The earlier your child’s baby teeth come in, the earlier they will come out. While some children start to lose their teeth as early as age 4, others don’t experience tooth loss until they are 6 or 7.

Initially, the two bottom front teeth fall out first. Then, the top two front teeth fall out and are followed by the lateral incisors. Next, the first molars, canines, and second molars fall out.

You can expect 32 permanent teeth to replace your child’s baby teeth. While most of them should be in place by the time your child is 12, their wisdom teeth won’t appear until they are between the ages of 17 and 21.

As a parent, it’s a good idea to let nature take its course and allow your child’s teeth to fall out whenever they’re ready to. You can encourage them brush their teeth regularly, however, as doing so may expedite the process.

To make sure your child is losing teeth properly and their teeth, mouth, and gums are in good shape, it’s a good idea to visit the orthodontist on a regular basis. Dr. Gladwell can thoroughly examine your child’s mouth and let you know whether there are any issues.

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For more information on the order of losing teeth, call 919-453-6325 to meet with Dr. Jason Gladwell. We look forward to hearing from you!