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Natal Teeth

5 May 2016

Natal Teeth

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The occurrence and development of strong healthy teeth as we grow from children into adulthood is important. They play a very key role throughout our lives and properly maintaining them is the only way to ensure that they last as long as possible. Sometimes however teeth in the mouth may arrive a lot sooner than planned…such as, upon birth.

Recently a baby was born with two bottom teeth in his mouth, which begs the question: is this a normal thing? In short yes, however it is very rare. “These kinds of teeth are called natal teeth, and they occur in about one in every 2,000 to 3,000 births, according to the National Institutes of Health. The teeth normally develop on the lower gum, are attached with soft tissue and don’t have strong roots. They’re different from neonatal teeth, which can grow in 30 days after birth. Your doctor might choose to remove baby’s teeth while he’s still in the hospital after delivery, because the teeth might be loose. If you’re worried that your toothy newborn will have a problem with dental development in the future, he should be fine. They’re just an extra round of teeth; your baby will still get his childhood and adult teeth.”

If your baby was born with natal teeth don’t worry. If the natal teeth aren’t removed at birth it could potentially cause issues with the baby’s development and health (ex: biting of their tongue, issues with nursing, etc.). Make sure to consult with medical practitioner and/or Ottawa dental professional for any questions or concerns.

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