Loose Baby Tooth? Top Advice from Dentists

When your kid's baby teeth start wiggling, don't lose your cool. Brush up on the latest advice from dentists.
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Shannon Greer

If you ask my friend's 5-year-old son, Cory, about losing his first baby tooth, you may as well take a seat because he'll give you an earful. He'll tell you about where it happened, what it felt like, how long he cried about it, what his friends said, and even what he was wearing at the time.

Cory was also proud to be one of the first kids in his class to get a visit from the Tooth Fairy. "Most children start to lose their baby teeth at age 6," says William C. Berlocher, D.D.S., president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. "Three or four of their teeth fall out each year, until all 20 baby teeth are gone by age 12." This guide will help both of you get through it with a big smile.

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