Can Babies Be Born With Teeth?

Have you ever heard of a baby born with teeth? It sounds like something out of a horror movie, but it is possible. While rare, some babies are born with one or more teeth. How does this happen, and what does it mean for the new parents? In this article, we'll explore why babies can be born with teeth and what you should do if you think your baby has them.

When Do Babies Typically Start Teething?

What's important to note is that teething in babies follows a timeline. First, the lower incisors erupt at around six months of age. These will be followed by the upper incisors, which typically come through by nine months old. Afterward, the rest of the baby's teeth will grow at intervals up until they're about 2 or 3 years old.

What Does It Mean if a Baby Is Born With Teeth?

Generally speaking, natal teeth (teeth present at birth) don't have any long-term effect on the baby's health, and they usually fall out within a few months without needing any treatment.

However, there are some potential complications. Sometimes natal teeth can move out of alignment due to nursing and cause pain or injury to the mother's breast. Natal teeth can also become loose and choke the baby. It is also possible for an infection to occur in the baby's gums around the tooth if it is not cared for properly.

For these reasons, mothers and caregivers of babies born with natal teeth must watch closely for signs of discomfort or infection and take steps to ensure their baby's safety. If you suspect your baby has been born with a tooth, contact your pediatric dentist immediately for an expert opinion to ensure your baby's health and happiness.

How Do You Care for a Baby Born With Teeth?

Here are some general tips to help make sure your bundle of joy has healthy teeth:

  • Make sure your baby receives regular dental care from a pediatric dentist. 
  • After feedings, gently clean your baby's gums and exposed teeth with a soft damp cloth or brush with a tiny amount of toothpaste (one containing fluoride is best).
  • As soon as all 20 primary teeth have come in (usually between 1 to 2 years old), take your little one to an orthodontist for a checkup to ensure their bite is developing correctly and there are no issues with jaw alignment.

We Can Help Address Natal Teeth-Related Issues 

If your little one has come into this world with a surprise, Chula Vista Pediatric Dentistry is here to help provide the best care possible. We have highly trained professionals like our resident expert, Dr. Rene, who can help address natal teeth-related issues. We can ensure your baby's smile stays healthy and strong through all stages of infancy and childhood! Contact us to book an appointment with us today.

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