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My daughter just turned 5. Today she informed us she has a loose tooth. Sure enough, there is a loose tooth. She hasn't fallen or done anything that we could tell that would prompt this loose tooth. To my wife and myself, this seems a bit early for her to get her 1st loose tooth naturally. Is it? Can she be really starting to lose her baby teeth already?

Children usually lose their first baby/primary tooth between the ages of 6 to 7. This is an average, so children may lose them before or after the age range.

I've seen children in my office who have lost more than 1 tooth before they were even 5 years of age. Yes, this is very early; but there is nothing wrong with that occurring.

A lot of the times, children who lose teeth early usually had these teeth break through early. There is absolutely nothing wrong. As you mentioned, go to the pediatric dentist and they will take a radiograph (x-ray). I see this occurring a lot more nowadays.

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