As a parent, every little milestone that your child crosses is a time of celebration, whether it’s saying the first words, taking those initial steps or losing his or her primary teeth. Pertaining specifically to oral health, you want to make sure that everything is just right. Thus, you’re monitoring all the occurrences to make sure that everything is on time, including tooth loss. Your dentist in Arlington says this is not an exact science, though. As you read on, you’ll learn more about when your child should lose his or her teeth.
When is the Right Time for Tooth Loss?
Typically, children will lose start losing their primary teeth around age six. This starts to happen because the human body has its own internal clock that signals when it’s time to grow and make changes. As a result, the roots of the primary teeth begin to dissolve and eventually lead to the teeth falling out. Soon, their permanent replacements will erupt.
Keep in mind that although the age of six is the average time that this starts happening, your child could very well start this process as early as ages three or four. If this happens, you shouldn’t be alarmed because the human body is not a machine; it acts on its own schedule. Thus, the right time for a process to start is whenever that ‘now’ moment happens.
One remedy you have, though, if you’re concerned about timing, is to maintain regular visits with your dentist. He or she will be able to monitor the progress of your little one’s choppers. Thus, if tooth loss is premature, you’ll be made aware of it and informed of any necessary treatment that’s needed.
When Should Your Child First Visit the Dentist?
As a general rule of thumb, your little one should start visiting the dentist after the first tooth starts to erupt. This is an important time to establish the relationship between your child and local professional for a couple of reasons:
- These visits will ensure that your kiddo’s oral development is progressing as it should.
- Early dental visits are also important for introducing your child to the habit of attending preventive care appointments – something that will carry over into his or her adult life.
After the first visit, you should bring your child back every six months, thereafter, for the maximum protection.
So if you’re ready to enjoy the peace-of-mind of knowing that your child’s oral health is protected, then reach out to your local dentist to schedule the first appointment today!
About the Author
Dr. Hazim Sadeddin earned his dental degree in 2003 and then went on to complete two years of postdoctoral training. Soon after, he began providing top-notch care to his patients. Additionally, Dr. Sadeddin attends a host of continuing education courses, annually, to stay abreast of the many changes in the dynamic world of dentistry. Give us a call at (703) 495-2247, or request an appointment online today.