Hooray for the Tooth Fairy!
Every year, National Tooth Fairy Day is celebrated on August 22!
Losing primary or baby teeth is a normal part of growing up and, for lots of kids, so is the Tooth Fairy. So who is this magical creature retrieving your child’s teeth and how often can we expect them? NOAH General Dentist, Anita Checkuru, DMD shares the ins and outs of losing baby teeth.
Q. How many teeth do kids lose?
A. 20 primary teeth aka “baby/milk teeth” are lost.
According to Delta Dental’s 2022 Original Tooth Fairy Poll®, the average going rate has reached a record high of $5.36 per tooth meaning most kids are racking up more than $100 through the entire process.
Q. Are there any exceptions to the number of teeth a child might lose?
A. There are scenarios where children may not get all 20 of their primary teeth due to genetics or other health reasons.
In this case, keeping all the other baby teeth in the very best health by brushing and flossing at least twice a day will help retain every tooth’s maximum exchange value.
Q. How old are kids when they start/stop losing teeth?
A. Kids typically lose their first tooth around age 6-7 and their last tooth around age 11-12.
From the Tooth Fairy’s perspective, this five-year process is welcomed both in terms of storage and cash flow.
Q. If a tooth is loose, do you recommend forcing it out, wiggling it, leaving it alone?
A. When a primary tooth is loose, it can gently be wiggled at home until it falls out.
Note the word gently. Losing a tooth can be scary for kids, especially the first time. Wiggling the tooth for a day or two gives your child time to get used to the idea and allows for the tooth’s root to naturally dissolve. Check out these fun printables from the American Dental Association to help your child get read for the Tooth Fairy to pass the time.
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