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Children have 20 teeth called deciduous teeth which usually begin to fall at age 6. Timing can vary, though, and girls generally lose baby teeth earlier than do boys. These teeth act as placeholders for the adult teeth that grow after their baby teeth fall off. Baby teeth usually fall out in the order in which they erupted — first the two bottom front teeth (lower central incisors), followed by the two top front teeth (upper central incisors), the lateral incisors, first molars, canines and second molars. The last baby teeth typically fall out by age 12 or 13 so I still have many more years of this.
Here are some tips for when your child begins to lose his or her baby teeth, reinforce the importance of proper dental care.
- Remind your child to brush his or her teeth at least twice a day. Supervise and offer assistance as needed.
- Help your child floss his or her teeth at bedtime.
- Limit eating and drinking between meals and at bedtime — especially sugary treats and drinks, such as candy and soda.
- Schedule regular dental visits for your child, either with your family dentist or a pediatric dentist.
- Ask the dentist about use of fluoride treatments and dental sealants to help prevent tooth decay.