Losing Baby Teeth
Dear Dr. Cory:
I have lost 18 baby teeth so far. My mom says I’m ahead of everyone. Why is this happening?
You may be a little ahead of your friends, but most likely you are losing teeth in a pattern that is right for you. Most kids start losing their “baby” teeth around ages 5 or 6. That’s when permanent teeth start coming through the gums and pushing out the baby teeth. One by one the baby teeth fall out until all 28 permanent teeth are in place, usually by age 12 or 13. By about age 21, most people have four more teeth in the back of the mouth, called wisdom teeth. This brings the grand total of permanent teeth to 32.
Always see your dentist twice a year for extra cleaning, to check for cavities, and also to be sure that your teeth, gums, and mouth are healthy and developing properly.
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