By: Kristen Eriksen
I have worked quite a bit with children, and have found that there is a lot that you can predict about the first and next steps in their development. Since my kids are twins, there is always the tendency or temptation to assume similarities, or compare and contrast them. However, they have proven to me from day one that they are their own unique little people. The clearest example of all relates to their teeth.
I looked back in the first year calendars, and can see the range of time in which their first teeth erupted, to when they would begin with loose teeth. There is a very wide range of time for things to happen, dentally speaking.
Ben got his first tooth at 7 months old. Charlotte, on the other hand, didn’t get her first tooth until she was 11 months old. Ben lost his first tooth when he was 5 ½. Now, as he just turned 6, he has lost 4 teeth in total. Charlotte, however, has not lost a single tooth! She keeps claiming that she has a loose one, but I don’t feel any movement. Ben has 2 “six year” molars, while my little girl doesn’t have any yet.
Our dentist says that the range for loosing teeth is quite wide, from 5 to 7 years old. Yeah, that makes sense according to my little self-study. I have one child who started at 5, and the other may just wait until age 7. She is my hoarder, so maybe she just wants to hold on to those little teeth!
Whenever I talk teeth, I have to pick on my older sister, just for a giggle. When she had her beautiful, now 18-year-old daughter, she was so focused on doing everything right for her baby. She got her daughter onto both her health insurance and dental insurance. She made that very-important first pediatrician appointment. Then, she called the dentist’s office to schedule her first dental visit. The nice receptionist laughed hysterically and said “Oh, dear, we usually wait until they have teeth for that!!!” Sorry, Julie, I couldn’t resist!
So, just remember to brush and floss! And that’s the TOOTH!