When do kids start losing teeth? Wednesday, December 4, 2013 @ 14:06:13

My little man, who is 5, lost his very first tooth last night while eating a bowl of fried rice...I always thought it was all about a visit from the Tooth Fairy that caused the most excitement, but to be honest he was more excited about scaring his kindy teacher today with his gappy smile than the $1 left under his pillow.

I know lots of kids are nervous about feeling pain with the loss of a tooth, my son was most concerned with how much blood would come out...and adding to the anxiety, parents are often curious and unsure if their child’s tooth loss is age appropriate, I admit I did think that 5 was pretty young to start losing teeth, but according to dental experts children generally begin to loose their baby teeth beginning at the age of 5 or 6, and finish up by the age of 12 or 13.

This chart outlines the average age of when a child's teeth should erupt and then fall out

It’s best to notify your dentist if its any earlier than the age of 5, especially if the tooth loss is as a result of an accident, or due to cavity/decay, and its important to keep in mind that if your child’s baby teeth came in earlier than usual, they may also tend to fall out a bit earlier than average.

On the flip side, it’s not all that unusual if your child hasn’t lost a tooth by 7 or 8 years of age, however, once again it’s best to speak to your dentist to ensure there aren’t any underlying issues to be aware of.

So, as a general guideline, it’s considered acceptable and normal for children to loose their first teeth between the ages of 4 1/2 and 8 years old...Phew!