Most children begin losing baby teeth naturally when they are six years old, some even earlier. Timing can vary, and girls will usually lose teeth earlier than boys. The last baby teeth usually fall out by age twelve.
The baby teeth will fall out in the order in which they erupted — first the two bottom front teeth, followed by the two top front teeth. If a child loses a baby tooth early, the permanent one may come in too early, and come in crooked due to limited space.
When your child starts to lose his or her baby teeth, reinforce the importance of proper dental care. For example:
* 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 paediatric dentist.
* Ask the dentist about use of fluoride treatments and dental sealants to help prevent tooth decay.
Lessons they can learn from the Tooth Fairy
Whether you think it's bollocks to believe or not, there are some lessons your child can learn from the Tooth Fairy -- lessons that can help them in life. Before you go with your apathy, killing their hope and belief in this magical tooth-collecting gift carrier, consider these suggestions from mother of three Sandra Brooks.
1. Don't tell your kids that the Tooth Fairy doesn't exist. There's absolutely no reason to do this to a young child, as they will eventually find out for themselves -- the same applies to Santa Claus! Instead, feed their imagination and play along with them as you tell stories of what method of transport the fairy will use to come collect lost teeth.
2. The Tooth Fairy's arrival is a great way to get a fussy child to sleep. Tell them that the fairy won't come unless they're sleeping, and they'll go eagerly to bed.
3. You can use the Tooth Fairy to spread the oral health message. Write a note from the Tooth Fairy, telling your child of the importance of brushing often. Your problems with getting your child to brush before bed will practically disappear.
4. Let them use money from the Tooth Fairy to invest in dental care items. Don't buy candy, let them, on the instructions of the Tooth Fairy, of course, use the money for toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste.
— Some information from the Mayo Clinic