I know the word toothless means, according to Google:

having no teeth, typically through old age.

I'm wondering if a kid or an adult loses one or two teeth is also called toothless. As I understand it, toothless means having no teeth, not losing some teeth.

What is it called when someone loses a teeth or two due to the process of growing up, or an accident, or something else. But they still have a number of teeth.

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Literally, gap-toothed -

having a large space between two teeth

It's not endearing, and you probably wouldn't use it to describe a child in positive terms. It's often used as part of a description of a decrepit person.

A child's usually just "losing his/her teeth" unless you want a vivid depiction of a "gap-toothed smile."

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