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What do I do when my child loses a baby tooth?

A child typically loses about 20 baby teeth. A child will lose their lower center teeth first. Children may start losing their baby teeth anywhere from the age of four to seven. The earlier a child begins teething, the earlier baby teeth will begin to loosen and fall out. Some children may lose teeth before the age of four, but if this is the case with your child, it is a good idea to check with a pediatric dentist to be sure there are not any underlying problems.

Most children are excited about their first loose tooth and the possibility of a visit from the tooth fairy, but a few worries that losing a tooth will hurt. Reassure any worriers that they probably would not even feel anything when their teeth fall out.

It may take a few weeks for a permanent tooth to replace the lost baby tooth. Once it comes in, you may notice that it looks bigger, has a few more pronounced ridges, and does not look as white. This is all normal! Remember to help your children take extra good care of these new teeth, since these are the ones they will have forever.

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