At What Age Do Kids Start to Lose Their Baby Teeth?

At What Age Do Kids Start to Lose Their Baby Teeth?

At What Age Do Kids Start to Lose Their Baby Teeth?

The common age for kids to start losing their baby teeth is about 6 years old, according to the Mayo Clinic. However, some children start losing their baby teeth a couple years earlier or later, depending on the child's individual rate of development.

Baby teeth, or primary teeth, are essentially the place holders for a child's later set of adult teeth. These place holder teeth, 20 in total, all get replaced by the time a child reaches the age of 12 or 13, as noted by KidsHealth. Each tooth falls out as a new adult, or permanent, tooth grows underneath, eventually pushing out the baby tooth and taking a permanent space within the mouth.