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If you’re wondering when your child’s primary teeth, or baby teeth, are going to start falling out, then Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry can help provide answers.

It’s important to remember that every child is different. Just like every baby learns to walk on their own time, permanent teeth eruption happens at different times for different children. However, there is a general time period that permanent teeth develop and come in for children.

When do kids start to lose baby teeth?

According to the doctors at Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry, children’s baby teeth will start to loosen and come out around age six. Your child will continue losing their primary teeth until age 12. Typically, when primary teeth come out, they are followed closely with a permanent tooth. However, it can take up to six months for a permanent tooth to erupt.

Permanent tooth eruption timeline

Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry has put together a general guide to inform parents which permanent teeth tend to erupt first and at what age to expect them:

Upper Teeth

  • Central incisor - 7 to 8 years old
  • Lateral incisor - 8 to 9 years old
  • Canine - 11 to 12 years old
  • First and second premolars - 10 to 12 years old
  • First molar - 6 to 7 years old
  • Second molar - 12 to 13 years old
  • Third molar (wisdom teeth) - 17 to 21 years old

Lower Teeth

  • Central incisor - 6 to 7 years old
  • Lateral incisor - 7 to 8 years old
  • Canine - 9 to 10 years old
  • First and second premolars - 10 to 12 years old
  • First molar - 6 to 7 years old
  • Second molar - 11 to 13 years old
  • Third molar (wisdom teeth) - 17 to 21 years old

If you have questions or concerns about the development of your child’s permanent teeth, contact Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry. Our doctors can assess your child’s smile to help put your mind at ease.


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