Losing baby teeth is a rite of passage. Part of growing up. Visits from the tooth fairy. Gaps in your smile. It's something most of you reading this are probably going through right now.
And what do you remember about losing your baby teeth? Was it exciting? A little painful? Did one of those teeth just refuse to say goodbye?
Whatever your own experience was, we're pretty sure it wasn't quite like Luke Boulton's. That's because this nine-year-old from Peterborough, Ontario had a tooth unlike any other on record. When he was eight, he lost the longest baby tooth ever!
And now—after over a year of suspecting that the 2.6 cm (1.02 inch) long tooth was a record holder—Guinness World Records has confirmed it. The world's longest! Remarkable!
It's not coming out
As you might guess, the world's longest baby tooth didn't leave Luke's mouth quietly. The tooth was hanging around, even affecting his speech, so they made an appointment for X-rays. On September 17, 2019, the tooth was finally removed by their dentist. Luke and his family could now see with their own eyes what all of the fuss was about.
The tooth was longer than the width of a loonie. Luke's sister raised the thought that it might be a record holder. They measured it and did some Googling. Nothing out there seemed to come close. So they applied to Guinness.
Longest! It's the tooth!
Confirming a world record is something Guinness takes really seriously. The Boultons had to spent a year sending photos, getting confirmations from their dentist, and submitting forms. But in the end, it's been worth it. Luke is now a record holder.
Also of note? The tooth fairy really rewarded Luke for his extreme food slicer. When he put it under his pillow, he left a note asking the fairy to please let him keep the tooth. The fairy did, and gave him $10 to boot!
Congrats, Luke. We're excited to see you in a Guinness World Records Book in the near future!