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Losing first molar at 6yo - how unusual?

(10 Posts)
SeagullsAreLikeThat Wed 31-Aug-16 19:17:46

DS2 (6) has just lost one of his first molars. It's been loose for a while and has just fallen out while he was eating. It isn't decayed at all, his teeth are really healthy and we go to the dentist regularly but everything I can find says the average age is 9-11 to lose these. Anyone any experience of this? Do I need to be worried? He has now got 5 gaps, having lost 4 others over the Summer, though the others were the ones you'd expect at this age.

Just for info he is dairy free (intolerant) so has soya milk, non dairy cheese / yoghurt etc. Could this be a result of calcium deficiency?
Any thoughts appreciated.

youarenotkiddingme Wed 31-Aug-16 19:25:32

I don't know if early is an issue but my 12yo Ds has only lost 2 Mars and no signs of others loose and so at next check up in Feb if it's still the same case he's being referred to orthodontist.

So my advice would be to get a dentist check up and ask about referral if needed purely on the basis it's the opposite problem!

SeagullsAreLikeThat Wed 31-Aug-16 19:37:59

Think you're right. If they give an average range of two years and it's outside of that range, I guess it isn't normal! Will give them a call tomorrow. He's quite happy, he's making a fortune in extra pocket money this Summer!

BurnTheBlackSuit Wed 31-Aug-16 19:43:24

I don't think it's normal and I definately would want it checked out just in case anything else is going on.

In comparison, my 6 year old hasn't lost any teeth yet (and my 9 year old has only lost 6 or 8 (I can't quite remember!) but no molars). But children do vary.

Hopefully someone who knows more will be along soon.

SeagullsAreLikeThat Wed 31-Aug-16 19:46:08

Ah thank you, I thought I was over-reacting so good to know I may not be. He has quite a restricted diet due to allergies and also has reflux so is sick a lot and I've always wondered whether this might cause other problems.

bigTillyMint Wed 31-Aug-16 19:52:12

Is this the first tooth he has lost or has he already lost his front teeth?

I don't think it can be a problem as DS started losing his teeth aged 4 in reception (oics with both him and DD very gappy at the front, and she is 18 months older!) must have started losing molars around 6, I'm sure.

He is now 15 and has no cavities/fillings, etc so far...

girlandboy Wed 31-Aug-16 19:55:05

I lost my front teeth at aged 4, and my molars started going the year after.

I don't know if this was unusual, but my DC's have done pretty much the same.

SeagullsAreLikeThat Wed 31-Aug-16 19:56:19

He lost his front bottom two early in Y1 and his top front two and bottom two at the side in the space of a few weeks earlier in the Summer. I wasn't worried about those, it's just this molar. His brother is nearly 9 and hasn't lost any molars yet!

SeagullsAreLikeThat Wed 31-Aug-16 19:57:55

Good to hear a couple of similar experiences. Will call the dentist tomorrow just to double check but hopefully by the sound of it she may say no need to worry.

SeagullsAreLikeThat Thu 01-Sep-16 17:09:06

Just to update this, the dentist said because the tooth had been loose for a while it wasn't a problem - probably means the one behind (above) it was pushing it out. She said if it had just fallen straight out with no warning it might have been a concern but not if it came out in the conventional way.

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