Is it normal for a 5 year old to lose teeth?

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I have a 5 year old daughter, she is very much healthy, but about 4 months ago she lost her first tooth on the bottom, and then yesterday came to me and said that her brother pulled something out of her mouth and loosened up 2 more bottom teeth. I am scared because the 1st tooth still doesn't show signs of an adult tooth growing back. I can't get her to a dentist for another month. What can this be? Is this normal?

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Elicia - posted on 10/05/2011

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I am a Dental Assistant and it is normal for children to loose their baby teeth when they are 5, and it is also normal that they loose their baby bottom front teeth first. If your daughter started teething early this is why she is loosing early, the later they teeth they later they will fall out. My daughter also lost her first tooth when she just turned 5....hope this helps!!

Veronica - posted on 10/14/2011

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Yes, it is normal. I just went through that with my son who just turned 5. He lost his first tooth when he was still 4 (3 weeks before turning 5.) He just lost his second tooth and has several more that have loosened up. The pediatric dentist saw him and said that some kids lose their teeth earlier, usually because they got their baby teeth early as well. PS: The first permanent tooth took a few weeks to show up, but he got it! Don't worry. He should be fine if you have to wait one more month, unless he has pain. Otherwise, if he should be fine.

Tamara - posted on 10/06/2011

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My son is 5 and has lost his 2 bottom teeth already only one is starting to grow back so far. His dentist said that sometimes it may take a while for thier adult teeth to grow in I wouldn't worry I am sure your little angel will be alright

Jane - posted on 10/03/2011

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It is earlier than average but not abnormally so. This site sums it up nicely:

"Some children lose their first tooth as early as 4 or as late as 7. Generally, the younger the child was when the teeth came in, the earlier they fall out.

It's possible for kids to lose a baby tooth too early, before the permanent tooth is ready to erupt, because of an accident or dental disease. Sometimes a pediatric dentist will put a spacer (a custom-fit plastic placeholder) in the place where a baby tooth fell out too soon until the adult tooth is ready, to prevent future spacing problems. If your child begins to lose teeth before 4, you should consult a dentist to make sure there's no underlying disease.

It's also possible for a child to reach 7 or 8 without losing any baby teeth. In such cases, there's probably nothing wrong, but it's a good idea to consult a dentist for X-rays to assess the situation." http://www.babycenter.com/0_losing-baby-...

In other words, worry if it is before age four or after age 8. Otherwise, it should be fine.

Alisha - posted on 10/06/2011

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My daughter lost both bottom teeth at age 5, but the adult teeth were coming in at the same time. I'm sure she's fine, some 5 year olds lose their teeth already and have a space for awhile.

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Sophie - posted on 09/23/2012

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Hi my daughter is 5 and has just lost her first tooth im rather concerned as people are telling me shes to young does any1 no if this is normal xx

Sherri - posted on 10/06/2011

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Teresa you can see all adult teeth already on x-ray they are all there already just below the surface. You either have them or don't and they can tell you from your very first x-ray if they are missing any.

This is actual fact. We just had to go through all of this with the kids from a car accident I was in a yr ago. Not only were they checking baby teeth they were seeing if there was damage to their adult teeth under the surface.

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Not always Sherri... either that or I just have weird kids. My daughter is finally growing in a tooth she lost 2 years ago and there was NO sign of it the last time she had x-rays (a year ago... I think?).

SAC - posted on 10/06/2011

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It is quite normal for baby teeth to start coming out between about 4 1/2 to 7 for the first one, though the average is somewhere around 6. I feel you should be getting her checked out because of the slow growth. Usually, when a baby tooth comes out, it is because the adult tooth pushes it upward and making room for it's growth...4 months does seem a little long for any sign of it, to me, but I am not a dentist. Most likely, everything is fine...I too am a little bit of a worrywort...thank Heaven my children are grown now, but then, there are the Grandchildren now. Everything should be okay...the age is really of no concern. Good Luck and God Bless!

Sherri - posted on 10/06/2011

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All my kids started losing their teeth at five. 100% normal. It often takes many months for the adult tooth to grow in. If she has had normal dentist visits with x-rays they would have told you if there was no adult tooth there. So relax she is very normal.

Denikka - posted on 10/06/2011

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Yea, I would say normal also.
I lost 8 teeth by the time I started 1st grade (I started just before my 6th b-day) and had lost all but 1 of the remaining teeth before that school year was over. My top front teeth and 1 other I lost when I was 4 (loose cause I didn't want to tie my shoelaces and face planted, but they were definitely ready to come out XD)

Perdita - posted on 10/06/2011

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yes it normal my daughter is just about the same age and losing a teeth but hers a new one is pushing the old one out so i think it normal.

Belinda - posted on 10/05/2011

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Actually it is the norm. Both my children started losing teeth at 4. They both lost 8 teeth each by 8! I would be concerned if they had not started losing teeth at 5. Sometimes the earlier they get their teeth, the earlier they lose them.

Danielle - posted on 10/05/2011

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My daughter got 2 adult teeth through before her first tooth evn became wobbly. She's in yr 1 and EVERYONE else has been losing teeth since last yr (preprimary) sounds like ur daughter is normal!

Pamela - posted on 10/05/2011

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Some children lose teeth earlier than others. I would be concerned about the brother "playing dentist" and would immediately take action about that, however if the tooth came out on it's own and her diet is a good one (not lots of sugar, etc.) and if she doesn't have a lot of cavities I wouldn't be too concerned about waiting for the dental appointment. The new tooth may be further below the surface and unable to be seen right now.

Kimberly - posted on 10/05/2011

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Yes...my youngest son lost his top front four and bottom four while in kindergarten...very health young boy...just loved using his teeth as a tool for his toys. Today he has a perfect keyboard of teeth - no braces needed!

Bonnie - posted on 10/05/2011

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I have heard that loss of baby teeth can start as early as 5 years old. Some kids take longer, especially boys.

Tracy - posted on 10/05/2011

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My daughter lost her first tooth at 3, and 3 more by age 4, when i rang a dentest when first one was loose they said its early but not uncommon, sometimes it depends on how early they got their teeth as baby, they said if they got them early it was more common for them to fall out early.
My daughter is now 6.5 and only grew 2 adult teeth in the last couple of months, so it may take awhile for new ones to grow through. and now one of the top teeth is starting to show signs of comming loose of when it does that will be number 5.

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My girls both lost their first teeth at 5.5 and lost a total of 4 teeth w/in the next 4 months. Not sure when THOSE teeth all grew in, but an 8 year old friend of their's now is currently missing 4 or 5 teeth.

The girls are now almost 10 and one of them is finally growing in a tooth that she lost 2 years ago.

Your daughter is, most likely, perfectly normal. Time to get used to that toothless grin. :)

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