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Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Tell Me Why |

Why Do Your Baby Teeth Fall Out?

Why Do Your Baby Teeth Fall Out?

Your baby teeth fall out to make room for your larger permanent teeth. All human beings develop two sets of teeth. When you were about six months old, your first set of teeth started to push up through your gums.

First teeth are always small because they must fit into small jaws. As you grow, your jawbones grow too. After a few years, your baby teeth become too small for your jaws.

Meanwhile, a set of larger and stronger permanent teeth have been growing inside your gums. As these larger teeth push through your gums, your baby teeth fall out to make room for the new ones.

Children usually start losing their baby teeth anywhere between the age of 6 to 7 years where their jaws have grown to its mature size. The reason for this is that the jaw of a baby is too small to accommodate permanent teeth anywhere below this age.

Baby teeth are responsible for providing space for the growth of permanent teeth that will guide it into their proper position in the jaw. After baby tooth has fallen out, then a permanent tooth will take its place and begin to push through the baby’s gum.

Content for this question contributed by Jane Marie Janning, resident of Carroll, Carroll County, Iowa, USA