At what age does the tooth replacement stage start in children?
Tooth replacement in children does not start before the sixth year, beginning with the loosening of their baby teeth one after the other, and then the melting of their roots followed by their falling out inside the mouth.
The shedding of each one of the baby teeth may take several days to weeks, where the new permanent tooth pushes out of the gum between the first week and 6 months after the baby tooth has fallen. The teeth fall according to the following order:
- Lower and upper front teeth: between 9 and 8 years old.
- Canines: between 9 and 10 years old.
- Molars: between 10 and 12 years old.
Noting that the process of shedding the permanent teeth may vary from a child to another from 6 to 12 months.
Tips to Take Care of a Child’s Teeth during the Replacement Stage
During the teeth replacement stage which is no less significant than the teething stage, it is important for us mothers to make sure that our little ones’ teeth are properly taken care of.
Below are a few effective tips:
- Let’s teach our kids the right way to clean their teeth while making sure not to miss or skip the “shaking” tooth.
- Let’s get our children used to brushing their teeth at an average of 3 times per day, and flossing before they go to bed.
- Let’s make sure that we have control over our kids’ consumption of soft drinks and sources of starch and sugar which can negatively affect their teeth.
- Let’s offer our little ones soft types of food so that they don’t feel any pressure or pain when their teeth shake during eating.
Last but not least, let’s make sure to take our children on regular visits to the dentist in order to follow up on their condition until the permanent teeth have completely emerged, which would be around the age of 13.