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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.

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

  1. Artus says:

    I have a pain in my second last molar and it is shaky what to do

  2. Josephine Hilario says:

    Hi, my 1yr 8mos old baby girl broke her two central incisors. Is there a way to fix it?

  3. kat says:

    My son is 7 1/2 and hasnt lost any teeth yet. The dentist told him he needs to drink more milk, into which my son told him he cant he’s allergic… could this really be the reason??? The dentist told me he is really late in losing teeth….i also have a milk allergy, and mine first tooth came out at 6 years old…..

    • Drinking milk has no effect upon losing teeth as far as I know. Some kids just lose teeth slower than others and it is the job of the dentist to know when baby teeth need to be removed. If your dentist really believes your son will lose teeth faster if he drinks milk, I think you need to find a new dentist.

  4. Amy says:

    I’m 18 years old and I still have all for second baby molar’s is that bad and do I need them taken out soon? My front teeth on the bottom is crowded and smashed in.

  5. Robin says:

    If upper Incisor teeth fall out after ten years old age it will grow again or not

  6. aastha says:

    I am 16 and my upper right canine is shaky, but I don’t want to remove it as my other upper canine ( that was broken when I was 13) hasn’t grown yet. so I fear that when I will remove my upper right shaky canine then it won’t grow….
    what to do?? plz help!!!

  7. Emma says:

    My daughter is about to lose her second moler when she hasn’t lost her first is there anything wrong with that.

  8. Veselina says:

    My daughter will be 9 next month and she has 8 permanent teeth but only 7 of the baby teeth had fallen out. We visited an orthodontist about 1 year ago for the first time, because we thought that her lower lateral incisors should be extracted to make space for the permanent. At that time both of her lower lateral incisors had started growing behind the baby teeth. The orthodontist told us to wait. Now both her permanent lower lateral incisors are fully grown and out of place, and she still has 1 of the baby lower lateral incisors. Today we visited the same orthodontist again and he told us she has moderate crowding on the bottom teeth and that her lower canine teeth are behind schedule (and looking at your chart and many others they should fall out at age 10-12). He recommended taking all 3 teeth out and placing a fixed stainless steel retainer to stay in her mouth till she is 12 and ready for braces. Please advise. Thank you!

    • Every child is different, but as a rule 1) the baby laterals should be gone by age 8, and 2) the lower canines usually come in at age 10. While there is nothing wrong with the plan suggested for your child, I wouldn’t panic about removing the lower canines yet. In my office we’d do interceptive treatment to actually make room for the canines rather than just pulling the small baby ones.

  9. Nora says:

    Hi, I am 11 years old and my lower right canine is loose. What do I do?

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