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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

Loose tooth how long?

03/04/2001

Question:

my 5 1/2 year old daughter has had her first loose tooth now for 3 weeks and has still no fallen out. she does not play with it. i assume it will eventually fall out when the adult tooth starts to protrude and pushes it out of the way. is this correct? how long does it usually take for a tooth to fall out especially when they dont even wiggle it?

Answer:

It is not uncommon for loose baby teeth to `hang in there` for several months. Children vary in their eagerness and aggressiveness in wiggling teeth out and very rarely do any problems develop. Consult a children`s dentist if your daughter`s permanent teeth begin to erupt `behind` the loose baby teeth.

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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