Thursday, 4 September 2014

Dedentition - The Tooth Is Out There

A girl with missing teeth
Photo by Steven de Polo

DEDENTITION

Noun. Mid-17th century.
[from DE- + DENTITION.]

PHYSIOLOGY. The shedding of the (deciduous) teeth.

I learnt two things from this entry in the OED:

1) When a child's teeth fall out naturally (as opposed to, say, your older brother pushing you over and smashing them out on a step, as I did), it's called dedentition.

2) The teeth that fall out are called deciduous teeth, just like the trees (although if your teeth are evergreen, you should really see a dental hygienist).

However, I still don't know why I have a recurring dream of my teeth falling out. Oh wise and venerable OED, will your tomes give me the answer in a future entry? I can only hope that the tooth is out there ...

Do please enamel us with your finest comments below.

6 comments:

  1. I'll wait OED to tell you but if you ask me and I check the wife's tales I grew up - teeth in dreams are related with family connections. If they fall it means you're afraid to loose family members. You might choose not to believe - I remember to dream with meat and L broke in our home because it meant a close family woman would be pregnant, they said, and my aunts were all over 70 :o, so they entertained figuring out who was pregnant and the drama why-didn't-she-tell-us ensued. But if I had a cousin every time I had the dream we'd have much more weddings and christenings to attend that's for sure ahahahah
    But let's hope more ahead OED has a more You explanation shall we? ;)

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    1. What exactly is a "me" explanation, Teresa? I'm intrigued!

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    2. A more scientific explanation... not wife tales material.
      Though I think you already found it, by what you write to Kara below ;).
      Enjoy the weekend (I'm happy as rain is on horizon :))
      Teresa

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    3. Ah yes. To satisfy me, you're probably right. But I do enjoy listening to old wives' tales and such (usually with a condescending smirk on my face).

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  2. I do so hope that the tooth shall someday set you free from wondering why you have toothless dreams!

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    1. Me too, Kara. I think it may have been the trauma of the number of accidents I've had with my teeth over the years. It's a sensitive subject!

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