The old adage “for every child she has, a mother loses a tooth” has largely been disparaged by dentists as outmoded. However, recent research suggests that there is a bit of truth behind this old wives’ tale. According to the study of 2,635 women, those with no children had lost one to two teeth while women with children tended to lose more. Looking specifically at women in the 35 to 49 years age range, researchers found that those with just one child had lost an average of three teeth, and women with two children lost an average of four. The number of teeth lost increased to five for women with three children and seven for those with four or more children.
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