We know that the majority of babies’ first teeth come in at around 6 months of age.
But what if your baby was BORN with them?
A mum named Samantha Lines, 29, revealed in a story with The Sun that her little girl was born with two front teeth in the bottom row.
After giving birth to her daughter Ella-Rose, pictured above, a midwife told the new mum about the unusual turn of events… and naturally, she was rather surprised!
“It wasn’t until I came to and somebody told me that it actually sunk in that this was such a unique thing,” said Samantha.
“The doctors have told me that it’s very rare for this to happen.”
And it seems that Samantha’s struggling to get proper information on this unusual development, admitting:
“I must admit I’m nervous about breastfeeding Ella-Rose but her teeth are only small so hopefully it won’t be too painful.
“I’ve been told that I have to keep an eye on the teeth in case they fall because they could be a choking hazard.
“I’m not even sure whether or not I should be brushing them. They look very delicate, so I don’t know whether I should even be touching them at all.
“I’ve been all over Google trying to get information, but this sort of thing seems to be so rare. I can’t find any advice online at all.”
So… how rare IS it for a baby to be born with teeth?
It’s estimated that less than 1% of babies are born with teeth – so it’s certainly not common.
Are these teeth at risk of being swallowed?
As Samantha notes, one of the biggest worries new parents in this situation might have is that these tiny teeth are a choking hazard for their little one.
But while Claire Stevens, a consultant in paediatric dentistry and spokesperson for the British Dental Association (BDA), says that newborn teeth are usually left in place and aren’t a risk, there are a few things to keep an eye on.
“We try to leave the teeth in place as they are usually part of the complement of baby teeth,” Claire says.
She adds that removing them is only considered necessary if one of the following applies:
1. The tooth is very mobile (so that there is a risk of inhalation)
2. Its presence is causing ulceration to underneath the tongue
3. It is affecting feeding (especially breastfeeding)
If, like Samantha, your baby is born with teeth, you should make an appointment with your dentist right away.
Should you brush your baby’s teeth from birth?
“Yes, it is important to clean teeth at whatever age they appear,” notes Claire. “However this should be done very gently as the teeth may be loose.
“They should be cleaned regularly with an appropriate fluoride toothpaste – use a little bit of gauze or a small soft toothbrush to clean the teeth so your baby gets used to this.”
And as a general guideline for all parents dealing with new baby teeth, at whatever age they first appear: “Brush regularly as part of the morning and night routine – just before going to bed, using a flat smear of fluoride toothpaste until they are 3 years of age.”
Have your say
We hope Samantha is able to find this info on her newborn baby’s teeth (thanks to the BDA and the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry for providing it).
Now, was YOUR baby born with teeth – or do you have a family member or friend who’s been in this position? Were you shocked and surprised, too?
If not, when did your little one’s teeth come in? We’d love to hear your stories on Facebook or Twitter.