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Friday, September 10, 2010


I would like to mention that in trying to determine the age of our children it has been mentioned that we could check the dental progress. We talked to the dentist about this and our very good pediatric dentist let us know that in most cases you can get within a few years of the correct age with dental exam. This is because kids get and loose teeth at an imperfect rate. That is no kid is the same. They have a 3 year flex for normal.
Well, I have also learned that in general people of African decent tend to get and loose teeth earlier than the European decent population. Asian decent persons tend to be later than the European decent population. Whether this holds true in your family is a matter of observation.

I don't have any hard facts on this. In our experience the dentist told us the 6 year molars were developing in our 3 year old (accurate age). He is now 5 and no 6 year molars have erupted yet. He did loose a tooth on the bottom at age 5. His first!  For the kids we know this is certainly early, but not totally unusual. It happens for some kids to loose a lot of teeth in Kindergarten and others wait until first or second grade. Some loose them gradually.
Teeth *usually* come out in the order they came in. I love that because it gives me a glimpse into his infancy that I missed out on.


  1. Jill,
    have you come across any information on "fused teeth"? Our son has a tooth on bottom, front that is fused together with another. Met another ET adoptive mom and her 3 year old has the same thing.

  2. Good question. My bio daughter had two teeth on top that were fused (actually one of them was extra). They came out normally and the adult tooth that came in was only one and not fused. I will see if I can find any other info on it. I never met anyone else who had that. Good question.

  3. Ok, that is a very good question. Here are some great sites that deal with fused teeth. Looks like it is not a problem and it is easily explainable. Like my daughter, it does not effect adult teeth.
    Here are the links.
    lots of moms are asking about this here:

    Sounds quite normal and nothing to worry about.

  4. Jill,
    thanks so much. You are a wealth of info. I

  5. just so you know i am asian and my son and i both lost teeth and got our adult teeth very early. earlier than most of our white friends. so i don't know about how much that theory holds true. i was born in korea too so i don't know if that has any bearing on it, cause my son was not

  6. There we have it. Not true for one family..... I know many little girls adopted in China. Most fall into the later category, but some don't! Like my dentist said, a three year window for normal. :)


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