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As you know, your children will eventually lose their teeth, but do you know when you should consider pulling their teeth? Similarly, when you should expect their teeth to come in?

The first thing you need to know is when your little one’s teeth should start coming in. Typically, your baby’s first tooth should erupt when they are about six months old. Incidentally, we recommend bringing your baby to our dentist about six months after the first tooth comes in. Generally, by the time your baby is two, they should have all twenty of their primary (or baby) teeth. Typically, the bottom center teeth are the first to come in, meaning they’re also the first to go. Similarly, if your child’s teeth come in while they’re young, they’ll usually fall out earlier. Of course, each child loses teeth at different ages. Some children won’t lose their tooth until they’re eight years old.

However, when the first tooth is loose, there are a few things you should know. For instance, when the tooth becomes loose, adult teeth have already started to grow and the baby tooth’s roots have retracted. Still, a small amount of tissue is holding the tooth in place. This means that once the tooth is extremely loose, you can pull it out. However, when you do, please make sure your hands are clean and use a cloth or tissue. To pull the tooth, please rotate it rather than yank on it.

If you’re interested in learning more, please feel free to contact Vela Dental Centers Southside at 361.994.4900. Also, please remember to bring your child to visit one of our dentists, Dr. Vela or Dr Ng, when your little one is about six months old. We’re excited to hear from you.