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How Many Teeth Are You Supposed to Lose?

How Many Teeth Are You Supposed to Lose? It’s not unusual for a parent to be concerned when their child seems to be losing a large number of their teeth. During the baby and toddler years, each child will have 20 baby teeth – 10 on the top and 10 on the bottom – that are usually all in by the time the child reaches the age of three. These teeth will eventually all fall out, over time.

When Do the Baby Teeth Begin to Fall Out?

It’s impossible to predict when a child’s baby teeth will begin to fall out. Though the average age is between six and seven, there are some children who begin losing their baby teeth when they’re as young as five, and some as old as 7. Each child is unique, and the age at which they begin to lose their baby teeth can vary widely!

How Many Teeth Will Fall Out?

Eventually, all 20 baby teeth will fall out and be replaced, with the last tooth usually falling out around the age of 12 or 13. These will be replaced by their 32 adult (permanent) teeth. By the time your child is 13, they should have 28 of these permanent teeth in place – the last four are the wisdom teeth, which are the last to erupt and usually don’t show themselves until between the ages of 15-25.

Is It Normal to Lose Multiple Baby Teeth At Once?

Just as a child can have several baby teeth come in at once, it’s not unusual for several of them to fall out at once. In general, this is not an issue. If your child insists that it has become too difficult to bite or chew due to their missing teeth, help them maintain a healthy diet by serving plenty of healthy, soft foods, purees, soups, and juices. Ensure that they continue brushing twice per day, and remind them that their permanent teeth will be in very soon.

What If One of My Permanent Teeth Is Lose?

Having a loose permanent tooth can be scary, but it’s important that you let your dentist know when this happens. If the tooth is only slightly loose, it’s very likely that it will tighten up on its own. However, your dentist will need to evaluate the cause of the loose tooth. You may be unknowingly grinding your teeth while you sleep, or you may have developed gum disease. If these conditions are not treated, the damage to your teeth may continue, and you may end up losing the tooth.

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