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Dentist told me loosing baby teeth late means DS will be tall?!

(38 Posts)
Greengager Fri 19-Aug-16 18:46:27

DS only child in class not to have lost baby teeth (will be going into y2) I've read all sorts of negative things such as its due to poor nutrition etc (he's a super picky eater). Dentist suggested it was fine and that the taller you will be the later you lose these teeth. He didn't appear to be joking. Started talking about petuitory (sp?) glands. Has anyone else heard this?

BombadierFritz Fri 19-Aug-16 18:48:08

Never heard of this. Anecdote: all my kids are 95th centile and v early to lose teeth

conkerpods Fri 19-Aug-16 18:49:07

Hi,I haven't heard this but my son also is going into year 2 having not lost any teeth. My daughter (8) seemed to be later than others two.
DP and I are both tall and DSS was 6ft 2 by age 14 so I would imagine my DC will be tall.
Maybe it is true!

Cheerybigbottom Fri 19-Aug-16 18:49:14

Never heard of this and I lost baby teeth in late teens, I'm 5ft 1.

hazeyjane Fri 19-Aug-16 18:51:07

Hahaha, ds also going into year 2 and hasn't even got a wobbly tooth. He is also under the centile scale for height.

LadyMonicaBaddingham Fri 19-Aug-16 18:51:50

Bollocks. DS1 lost his first tooth aged 4 and he is REALLY tall.

Greengager Fri 19-Aug-16 18:52:20

I've googled it and found a study of Ugandan children where the link wasn't proved. But is good to know other kids loose teeth late.

DramaInPyjamas Fri 19-Aug-16 18:53:16

My 12/half year old (6ft+ !) still has a few baby teeth to come out, his nutrition is good, varied diet. Dentist says he has perfect teeth.

readingrainbow Fri 19-Aug-16 18:54:49

My 6yo dd is going into y2 and hasn't lost any teeth yet. No wobbles, either. I never even considered it to be a problem; in fact, I'm quite pleased because the longer they stay in the less worry I have over cavities in permanent teeth!

AlmaMartyr Fri 19-Aug-16 18:57:43

Don't believe this. Both my kids lost their baby teeth late (DD lost her first half way through year 2,DS hasn't lost any yet and is going into year 2) but they both got teeth late. I have read that there was a correlation so that makes sense.

FWIW, both of them have perfect teeth according to dentist.

LarrytheCucumber Fri 19-Aug-16 19:01:37

My 6'3" son was late losing his baby teeth, but my dentist just said something about it being better for the permanent teeth.

cexuwaleozbu Fri 19-Aug-16 19:10:37

My 7yo is going into year 3 and hasn't lost any baby teeth yet!

leccybill Fri 19-Aug-16 19:25:18

My DD going into Y2 hasn't even got one wobbly tooth yet.
Dentist last week said anything between ages 4 to 8 is average and nowt to worry about.
She is average height and was late to get baby teeth (about 10 months).

Eastpoint Fri 19-Aug-16 19:28:16

Dd1 still had 8 baby teeth at 14. She grew the following year & is now 5'6". Not what I'd call tall, more average.

mailfuckoff Fri 19-Aug-16 19:28:19

My 7 year old about to go into yr 3 twins have not lost a baby tooth yet. I'm expecting it to be expensive when they start falling out!

JemimaMuddledUp Fri 19-Aug-16 19:28:50

DS1 was 7.5 when he lost his first baby tooth. He is now 14 and still has a couple to lose. He is taller than average, but I'm not sure there's a link.

He was also late to get is first tooth as a baby, around 10 months I think.

Namechangenurseryconcerns Fri 19-Aug-16 19:31:22

Nope. I was late to lose any and I'm short.
DD is diddy and only lost her first tooth towards the end of year 2. She didn't have any teeth until she was well over 1!

angeldiver Fri 19-Aug-16 19:33:14

My dd lost her first tooth in yr5, she is distinctly average.

exexpat Fri 19-Aug-16 19:35:06

DD (13) still hasn't lost her last two baby teeth, though they are at last wobbly. She lost her first one when she was nearly 9, when she was the tallest in the class and often mistaken for an 11 or 12 year old - until she opened her mouth and revealed her gappy teeth.

She's now 5'6 but I think has stopped growing, so is not particularly tall for an adult, despite being very tall until she hit puberty. DS also lost teeth late and is 6ft as an adult. I don't think it necessarily means your DC will be very tall, but it's certainly nothing to worry about.

Mumalade Sat 20-Aug-16 06:35:47

Youngest DD going into year 2 hasn't lost any teeth or got any wobblers either. Other two DC started losing teeth late as well - DS didn't lose his first until the end of year 2, he's now going into year 4 and has only lost four (and one of those was knocked out in an accident at school!) My eldest DD was also at the end of year 2 before she lost any teeth. She's going into year 6 and some of her friends have already got braces. None of my children are tall - all on the small-side if anything. I just assumed losing them late was hereditary.

Dontyoulovecalpol Sat 20-Aug-16 06:40:12

I wonder if it's related to protein-high protein diet means your teeth might stay attached longer (as their stronger) and will also generally make you taller. Not something that works at an individual level really I imagine? More likely to follow whether you and husband are tall

ineedamoreadultieradult Sat 20-Aug-16 06:51:33

DS is going into year 2 hasn't had so much as a little wobbly tooth yet and is on the 2nd cantilever for height. I don't think there is a correlation.

LillyBugg Sat 20-Aug-16 06:56:48

What rubbish. I had my last baby teeth removed when I was 14 as they just didn't budge. Lost my first when I was 8. I'm 5'5".

pullthecracker Sat 20-Aug-16 06:58:38

I'm 40, still have some baby teeth and I'm 5 ft 1! Wish it had worked for me! smile

Witchend Sat 20-Aug-16 16:44:11

Never heard that.
I can think of a few children who hadn't lost teeth at the beginning of year 2 (and 1 at the beginning of year 3) and all are shorter than average.

What they do say though that losing the baby teeth later is generally better for the adult teeth because not only have they had them for less time, but also they're better at brushing them when the adult teeth come through.

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