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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

4 year old front tooth fell out

12/21/2007

Question:

Hello, I have a 4 .5 year old, I notice his top front tooth was lose a few days ago and before I had a chance to get to a denist his tooth feel out. The tooth is white and no nerves were on it, he was biting an apple when it happen. I have read that it could be a problem because of his age, should I be worried.

Answer:

The age range when children lose their baby teeth is very broad and 4 1/2 is early, but not unheard of. Teeth that have been injured will sometimes fall out ahead of schedule, so it's a good idea to schedule a routine dental visit for your child to assure that his teeth are developing normally.

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Response by:

Dennis J McTigue, DDS Dennis J McTigue, DDS
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University