What To Know About Baby Teeth
If you have a young child in your life, you know how exciting all of the milestones can be when they are a baby and move through childhood. Once children move out of the baby and toddler stages, there are very few milestones left that are celebrated in a big way, except for one: losing your first baby tooth. Losing baby teeth can be exciting and nerve-racking. We want to answer some questions about losing baby teeth to help ease your mind.
When do baby teeth fall out?
Parents are often concerned about when it is an appropriate time for their child’s baby teeth to start falling out. Just as when the teeth come in, it happens in its own time, but most children start to lose their baby teeth around the age of 6. Some can see the teeth starting to fall out around age 4, and some do not until age 8. If your child was late getting their teeth, there is a good chance they will be late losing their teeth as well.
Is blood normal?
Do not be alarmed if you see blood in the area where the tooth came out. The bleeding is typically over as quickly as it starts. You can use sterile gauze to help with the bleeding and then have the child rinse, and it should be over.
What if the new tooth is not in the correct position?
Teeth are constantly moving. This is the reason we stress to adults to replace any missing teeth as soon as possible. It is not uncommon for the new teeth to appear crooked or crowded. You may also notice that the new tooth is behind the other teeth. Within a few days, you will start to notice the adult tooth shifting into the right place.
If you have any questions about your child’s baby teeth, we would love to answer them. If you or a loved one is in need of an oral hygiene examination and cleaning, be sure to contact our office, which is located in Spotswood, NJ, and our team would love to schedule your next appointment for you and your family. We look forward to seeing you soon!