When do milk teeth fall out?
Most children start to lose their milk teeth from the age of six. The teeth usually fall out in the order they erupt, incisors are lost first, followed by canines and molars. Most children will have lost all their milk teeth and developed all their adult teeth by the age of 13-15. Teeth may be lost earlier as a result of accidents or injuries or due to severe decay, in which case the child should be taken to the dentist at the earliest.
What do I do if my child has a loose (wobbly) milk tooth?
If your child has a wobbly milk tooth, do not pull it out. Children have a natural tendency to wriggle the tooth with their tongue or fingers. The child knows how loose the tooth is and how attached it is to the gum, also they know how much discomfort they can handle. Loose milk teeth may also unexpectedly come out when the child is eating, especially when eating hard foods like apples etc. Once the tooth has fallen out, there shouldn't be much bleeding. If required pack a piece of wet gauze and hold pressure, you can also give your child a cool drink to sip on to minimise any discomfort. If a tooth has become loose due to accident or injury arrange to see a dentist immediately.