One Down Nineteen More to Go

That awesome day has finally come, when Camila looses her first tooth! Her tooth had been loose for over a week now so any moment it was gonna go.  She just couldn't wait for it to fall off and have the Tooth Fairy pay her a visit.  She was playing around practicing their Jiu Jitzu and then I hear her scream, My tooth fell off! We found it on Gary's clothes and the rest is history.
1/24/14 Camila celebrating the loss of her first tooth milestone
The first thing she did was prep it for the Tooth Fairy by placing her tooth in a ziploc bag, she didn't want to lose it and placing it under her pillow.  This morning she woke up to find five dollars under her pillow and she was ecstatic!  I mean, really, five dollars for a tooth?  This fairy must be rich or something, I mean by the time Camila looses all her teeth she might have enough for a college tuition!

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. 
With proper care, you can help your child's permanent teeth last a lifetime. My babygirl is now an adorable little girl with a tooth gap.  She is not only loosing her teeth, she is actually loosing her baby-ness and I can only say I am not cool with that - not cool at all.

Lorena Frith

Lifestyle Photographer in Houston, Texas

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