Sexual dimorphism in the emergence of deciduous teeth: Its relationship with growth components in height Academic Article uri icon


  • Sexual dimorphism in the emergence of the deciduous dentition of French-Canadian children may be explained by differences in recumbent length. Relative to the chronological age scale, boys are longer and their teeth emerge earlier than girls. Recumbent lengths attained at the exact age of emergence, as estimated by fifth-order polynomials fitted to each subject's serial data, are comparable between the sexes. Multi- and univariate analyses of variance show no significant sex differences in the lengths attained at the age of emergence of the deciduous teeth. These findings suggest that clinical standards for emergence of deciduous teeth scaled relative to length rather than chronological age are more accurate and efficient.

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Tanguay, R., Buschang, P. H., & Demirjian, A.

citation count

  • 7

publication date

  • April 1986