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At What Age Do Baby Teeth Normally Fall Out?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on June 11th, 2012

Pulled a Baby ToothMany parents worry that their children’s teeth are not falling out on time. At what age should the first baby tooth be lost? When should the last one fall out? Is there a predictable order?

The first baby teeth (also known as primary teeth) to come in are usually the lower central incisors around the age of six months. The last baby teeth to show up are the upper second primary molars, and they appear between 30 and 36 months of age. There are normally 20 baby teeth by the time a child reaches age 3. These primary teeth then remain unchanged for about three years.

primary teeth eruption chartNot much happens to the baby teeth between 3 and 6 years of age. Between 6 and 8 years however, there is a flurry of activity as kids normally lose eight primary teeth in rapid succession. Between age 8 and age 10 there is another two-year pause that catches many parents by surprise since they have become accustomed to teeth being lost left and right. The last twelve primary teeth are then lost between ages 10 and 13. The following chart summarizes primary tooth loss:

Ages 3-6: Not much happens
Ages 6-8: First eight baby teeth lost
Ages 8-10: Not much happens
Ages 10-13: Last twelve baby teeth lost

Although there are always exceptions, there is a basic sequence for the loss of the baby teeth. The upper and lower front four teeth are usually lost between the ages of 6 and 8. This typically begins around age 6 with the lower central incisors followed by the upper central incisors. The upper and lower lateral incisors then come in between 7 and 8. So by age 8, children should have all eight of their permanent incisors in place.

After a two-year break (about age 10), the next four baby teeth to be lost are the lower canines and upper first molars. These are typically followed around age 11 by the lower first molars. The lower second molars tend to be lost about the same time as the upper canines and second molars. This usually happens in the 12th year. In summary, here is the order in which baby teeth are normally lost:

Age 6: Lower and upper central incisors
Age 7: Lower and upper lateral incisors
Age 10: Lower canines and upper first molars
Age 11: Lower first molars
Age 12: Upper and lower second molars and upper canines

These are merely averages however. Some kids lose teeth faster than this. Others lose them slower. It is not unusual to see a 10-year-old with no baby teeth remaining, nor is it surprising to see a 14-year-old still hanging on to a few. The actual ages are not as important as the pattern.

If baby teeth are not lost in the right order, or if a tooth is lost and more than three months go by without a permanent replacement coming in, there may a problem. Some possibilities include missing teeth, crowding, problems with the tooth loss mechanism, or the underlying tooth is just crooked and it is not pushing out the one above it. These are all conditions that your orthodontist will look for during your child’s orthodontic evaluation. Your doctor can tell you if everything is normal or if interceptive procedures are warranted (i.e. having your dentist help move things along by removing some primary teeth). Set up an orthodontic appointment for your child around age 7 so that you can benefit from the expertise of a doctor who specializes in dental growth and development. Even if there is nothing wrong, it is always a comfort having that peace of mind.

NOTE: The author, Dr. Greg Jorgensen, is a board-certified orthodontist who is in the private practice of orthodontics in Rio Rancho, New Mexico (a suburb on the westside of Albuquerque). He was trained at BYU, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Iowa in the United States. Dr. Jorgensen’s 25 years of specialty practice and 10,000 finished cases qualify him an expert in two-phase treatment, extraction and non-extraction therapy, functional orthodontics, clear aligners (Invisalign), and multiple bracket systems (including conventional braces, Damon and other self-ligating brackets, Suresmile, and lingual braces). This blog for informational purposes only and is designed to help consumers understand currently accepted orthodontic concepts. It is not a venue for debating alternative treatment theories. Dr. Jorgensen is licensed to diagnose and treat patients only in the state of New Mexico. He cannot diagnose cases described in comments nor can he select treatment plans for readers. Because he has over 25,000 readers each month, it is impossible for him respond to all questions. Please read all of the comments associated with each article as most of the questions he receives each week have been asked and answered previously. The opinions expressed here are protected by copyright laws and can only be used with written permission from the author.

566 comments so far in response to “At What Age Do Baby Teeth Normally Fall Out?”

  1. Sam says:

    I’m fourteen and my second premoler is wobbly should I be worried is it suppose to come out !!

    • I”m guessing that it is only a primary second molar, but only your local orthodontist with an x-ray can tell you for sure.

      • Rice says:

        im 14 yrs old and my fang is still a baby teeth. If my dentist remove it. It will grow or not???

        • There are various reasons why a baby tooth is still in place at age 14. It usually means that there is not enough room for the unerupted tooth underneath. It may also mean the permanent tooth is missing or heading into the wrong position. Only an x-ray will reveal the truth.

  2. Jenny says:

    My son is 5 1/2 yrs old he has one tooth in the top and two in the bottom that are wobbly is it normal??

    • Only a doctor with an x-ray in hand can tell you for sure if your son is normal, but my guess is that there is no problem here. The average age for this is 6. Your son is only 1/2 year younger.

  3. Safe says:

    I’m 13 years old with 4 baby tooth that didn’t come out yet.The first 2 is at the upper arch and 2 at the other lower.This is my question “is it bad to have 4 baby tooth like that and still did’t come out yet at of age of 14?

  4. Esther says:

    My daughter is 9 and a half and has already lost 14 teeth! is this normal?? She has lost 2 molars within a week and another smaller one, just today.

  5. pb says:

    i am 24 yrs old and i got surprised when doctor told me .your baby teeth is falling at this age. can it possible???

  6. keyona says:

    I’m 10, and I have a tooth that is ready too fall out and like the roots under it are broken but it won’t come out of the gum in the front and it hurts more than a tooth I’ve ever had lose before do you hand any info about could be wring and how I could pull it out?

  7. Evan says:

    Really great article. Watch out also for signs that your baby is teething. I found out, that they are easily mistaken with fever symptoms!

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