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How Old Are Kids When They Lose Their Teeth?

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Childhood is filled with milestones, like first smile, first steps, first words, and first teeth.  Many parents seem to follow certain guidelines that give them an idea of when these 'firsts' should happen, but we all know that children develop differently and sometimes they hit milestones early, and sometimes late. As kids grow they have different milestones they reach that indicate they're no longer babies or toddlers and one of those is losing their first tooth. There are no hard and fast rules as to when your child will lose their first tooth, but there are some guidelines that can give you an idea of when the tooth fairy is going to pay a visit.

Most Kids Begin Losing Their Teeth At 6-Years-Old

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, most children begin losing their teeth around the age of six. They will first lose their middle teeth in the front, which are typically the first teeth they get, and won't lose their molars until they're pre-teens, between the ages of 10 and 12. Those permanent molars will be in by the time they're around 13 years old.

Of course, these are just guidelines, and your child may lose their first tooth earlier, or perhaps even much later. Dr. Eric Wood Jr., the lead pediatric dentist at Smile Brands, Inc., told Romper that often genetics can play a part in when your child will get their first teeth and when they'll lose them. "Genetics play a key factor in the age a child will lose teeth and if they may not lose primary teeth at all," Dr. Wood stated. He also added that gender can sometimes play a role in when a child will lose their teeth. "Sometimes girls lose their teeth a little younger, possibly around five," he explained.

Proud young boy (age 6) holds his falling milk teeth. Childhood healthcare concept. Real people.
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Losing Teeth Earlier Could Be A Sign Of An Accident

Dentist Clive Friedman told Today's Parent that losing teeth early could be a sign that your child may have had an accident. “If a child loses a tooth early, my first question is whether she’s had any trauma, such as a fall, that you’ve not been aware of. That’s the most common reason a tooth might fall out a little earlier than the norm,” Friedman says. “But if it’s one of the front bottom teeth, and there are no signs of decay or trauma, there’s no great reason to be concerned.”

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Most kids tend to follow the chart below that WebMD created that details when children typically lose their teeth. Of course, if your child hasn't lost their first tooth by the time they're 7 or 8 years old, a visit to the dentist may be in order to ensure that there are no underlying dental issues.

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