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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 21

of 'Anatomy and development of the teeth'

Sexual differences in dental development and prediction of emergence.
Demirjian A, Levesque GY
J Dent Res. 1980;59(7):1110.
The dental development of a genetically homogeneous French-Canadian group of children ranging in age from 2.5 to 19 years was evaluated from 5,437 panoramic radiographs by the method of Demirjian et al. The maturity of each mandibular tooth was evaluated individually. For each stage of each tooth, the developmental curves of boys and girls were compared. A common pattern was found for each tooth, namely the chronological similarity between boys and girls in the early stages of development and the advancement of girls over boys for the later stages. Development scores were given to the seven mandibular teeth. Up to five to six years of age, no difference was found in the timing of dental development between boys and girls, in contrast to the older ages where girls were always more developed than boys. When the emergence curve was plotted with developmental curves, a close relation was established between the stage of formation of all teeth and their emergence, hence the predictive value of the use of dental maturity curves in clinics.