How children’s teeth break and fall out
Children can be a true blessing, but in the first days of life they can also present special challenges. This is especially true after six months of age, when teething begins and parents are faced with a new set of difficulties with an uncomfortable and injured baby. One of the best ways to prepare for this time in their lives is to learn the details of how their teeth erupt and why they are lost on the way to the adult dentition. Teething can be a fact of life, but if you know what to expect, you can be prepared to get through it.
How do my children’s teeth come out?
After six months, you begin to see your children begin to teethe. In recent months, your children’s baby teeth have formed from the tooth buds in their jaws and are now beginning their painful journey through the gums and out into the world. The first teeth to appear are usually the incisors, or “buck teeth,” which are located just in front of the mouth. These teeth are often first noticed by nursing mothers when their baby begins to probe them during feedings. From then until the age of 3, you can expect a steady progression of teeth until they have their full set of 20 baby teeth.
Where are these teeth from?
Teeth are formed from the aforementioned “tooth buds” which are also responsible for the formation of your permanent teeth. In some patients they also have some genetic return in the form of third molars. These teeth existed when our diet consisted of foods that were much harder to chew and digest than what we have now, but some people still grow them. You may know them as “wisdom teeth.” When those teeth come in, they can cause all kinds of problems. The good news is that you usually don’t have to deal with it until your late teens.
How teeth loosen and fall out?
Have you ever wondered what processes exactly lead to loosening and falling out of milk teeth? Basically, what happens is that the buds of the teeth form a whole new set of teeth that begin to grow under the old teeth. In the process, the old roots die and the teeth are pushed up and out of the way, becoming loose and falling out. The first sign of this is usually when your child says that his teeth are loose. Although you may be tempted to help the tooth come out, it’s best to let it go through the process on its own and fall out naturally. Attempting to extract the tooth too soon can cause a live root to break, which can lead to infection.
If you recently had a new baby or are expecting one soon, stop by and talk to Dr. Sam Bullard of smiling children’s pediatric dentistry in Noblesville. She works with children as a pillar of her career and is always happy to help new families on their path to dental health.