Having kids means having lots of questions, especially about milestone moments like when to first start solid foods, when a baby should take their first steps and when they'll get and lose their first baby teeth.
Like most milestones, while every child is different and develops differently, there are some standard guidelines that parents can follow.
Teething is a milestone that happens to infants roughly around the same time in their development. It's common for babies to first start getting their first baby teeth around 6 months, but for some it happens earlier and some even later. Most parents know to expect teething with their infants, but do you know when to expect your child should begin losing their teeth?
Most children will begin to lose their first baby teeth between the ages of 5 and 6 years old, but that doesn't mean that there's something wrong if your child loses their first teeth at the age of 4, or even 7 or 8. Baby teeth will typically begin to fall out in the same order they come in, which means it's pretty standard for your child to lose their two front bottom teeth first.
Pediatric dentist Clive Friedman explained to Today's Parent that there's no cause for alarm if your child loses their first teeth earlier than expected. “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.”
Baby teeth typically begin to fall out when the adult teeth start to push them out. The Mayo Clinic states that typically, children will lose their bottom two teeth first, followed by the two top front teeth, "followed by the lateral incisors, first molars, canines and second molars".
While there is no 'exact age' that a child will begin to lose their first teeth, Dr. Friedman does suggest that you consult a dentist to have some X-Rays done if your child reaches the age of 7 or 8 and still hasn't lost their first teeth. While everything may be fine and it may simply be a natural delay, it's best to get an expert opinion.