All parents go through a period when their baby’s teeth are changing. It is unlikely to be called the most enjoyable time for moms and dads. This is mainly due to the worries about their child.
However, most children tolerate teeth changing without any problems. Many of them even wait for this event to discuss with friends, they always know whose and which tooth fell out, how many milk teeth are left. Often, it is influenced by stories about the tooth fairy or a mouse, which must bring something in return for a lost tooth.
Despite that, adults should be aware of many nuances, in particular, the timing and the order of loss, as well as the basic rules of hygiene and oral care within this undoubtedly important time. In addition, sometimes the terms are violated, so you need to know about the causes of this phenomenon.
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Of course, the reason for the loss of milk teeth is simple – they need to make room for the permanent ones, with which man will live the rest of time. However, the question arises naturally, why is this change necessary at all, and why don’t ones that are called permanent grow from the very beginning.
To answer this question, you need to know a little of anatomy and physiology. The matter is that by the time only milk is not enough for a child, and it begins to eat more solid foods (and this happens quite early – around six to nine months), the jaw is still very small. Gradually it begins to grow, increasing the interdental spaces.
Under the milk, the beginnings of permanent gradually begin to form. When they are activated and begin to grow, the roots of milk teeth dissolve, and they gradually fall out.
Before we talk about the timing and the order of loss, we need to tell a little about milk teeth themselves. Since they have a lot of features, including during their loss.
If the parents remember the order in which the first teeth were cut, then they will not have a problem determining the order of their loss. They are about the same. But in order to clearly imagine it, we need to talk in more details about each of them in relation to the others.
The process of tooth loss, as well as their growth takes place symmetrically. That is at about the same time on both sides of the jaw identical teeth begin to become loose. It should also be noted that sometimes there is no loosening at all.
Then the loss would still be in the correct order, but it would be a sudden both for a child and for parents.
Here, the order is given, in which the milk teeth have to fall from, from the first to the last. An approximate scheme is called so due to the fact that there are no laws to determine which one will be free in the first place – right or left side.
To begin let’s answer not to the question “when” but “in what order”:
The process in most cases starts from the bottom. After this, it is repeated on the upper jaw.
After the loss of incisors, the order of “freeing” of the jaws is changing.
The last step is the same as the first one – from the bottom upwards.
Sometimes mom and dad are wondering whether all the first teeth will change. It is difficult to answer it. The answer will depend only on how to approach this problem.
First of all, it’s in the statement. For the “first” – is not always “milk.” If the answer to the question of whether all of the milk teeth fall out, then the answer is – yes. All twenty pieces. However, there is another aspect, which is almost never taken into account by concerned parents.
Among the moms, dads, grandparents, there is almost universally held belief that change of teeth begins with teeth loosening and falling out of milk teeth. However, this is not quite true. The fact is that till four – five years of a child a jaw grows quite strongly. Therefore, there appears a sufficient space for additional growth.
The number of permanent teeth – 32 pieces. Among them, there are 4 wisdom teeth or third molars. Aside from them, there are 28. Divide the “extra” eight to 4 (jaw and side), we get 2 extra teeth in each of their jaw-quarters. They are called premolars, and they are not in the composition of milk teeth. It is with a pair of premolars when the growth and replacement process begins.
Speaking of deadlines, it should be noted that only an approximate time can be given. This is because all the processes of growth and development in children depend on the individual factors of the body. So, when do baby’s teeth fall out?
The average age when the first milk teeth begin to loosen is at the age of about 5-6 years. However, even if the process begins at 4 years or 8 years, do not panic. After all, there can be quite a lot of reasons for this acceleration, or, conversely, the delay.
However, if a four-year-old kid comes to you and says that its teeth loosen, it is better to take the time and go the pediatric dentist. After all, the child could hit and damage the root and caries could begin, which can also cause loss of deciduous milk teeth.
These factors must be necessarily excluded. Too early loss of milk teeth by unnatural causes can lead to the loss of the correct way of growth of the permanent teeth and they will grow crooked.
By the age of about 12-13 years, it all ends. In relation to the terms of the end of the process of growth, you can apply the same rule as for its start. One or two years is almost irrelevant.
If the delay is too great, it is possible to add not so innocuous factors. For example, it may be various endocrine disorders and abnormalities in the development that have not been previously seen by physicians.
In addition, often, rickets or chronic infectious disease, almost not manifesting itself can cause serious delays.
As can be seen from the exemplary scheme, located above the first to become loose and fall out are temporary front teeth. These include eight pieces, four on each jaw.
These are primarily the central incisors, which initially fall out from the bottom and then from the top. Age (again approximate) – 6-7 years. They gradually start to become loose in the average after the fifth year of life, and this process lasts for about two years. That is, four central teeth should fall for the year.
Next in line – lateral incisors. As in the case with the central, first go lower, then the upper. It happens in 7-8 years. About 6 years the roots are beginning to dissolve, resulting in loosening of up to 2 years.
All the other 12 milk teeth can be described as indigenous. They begin to change immediately after the front.
When a milk tooth is falling out you should not worry too much. However, you need to know a few rules, which are intended both for children and for adults.
The average rate is considered to be when the last milk tooth falls out till fourteen years of age. Therefore, the whole process of changing temporary teeth on a permanent may take about 10 years.