A new mum was stunned when her baby daughter was born with a front tooth.
Bethany Green, 18, couldn’t believe her eyes when little Avery opened her mouth for the first time. The tot was born weighing a healthy 2.92kg on January 16 following a normal pregnancy and a short four-hour labour.
But midwives at the UK hospital where she was born quickly noticed something very unusual about her — she had a pearly white growing from her lower gums.
Now four weeks old, Avery has just become the youngest patient at her dentists surgery in Blackpool. She is due to have her first check-up this week to allow dentists to examine the almost fully-grown milk tooth to determine the best course of action. Most babies get their first tooth between four and seven months of age, however, a small number are born with what are known as ‘natal teeth’.
It’s estimated that just one in every 2,000 babies are born with natal teeth. Bethany, from Layton near Blackpool, said: «I didn’t actually realise I was pregnant until I was six or seven months on, so it was very quick. It was just when I started showing.
«She was born with [the tooth] coming out a little bit, and now she’s four weeks it’s properly out. It’s massive.»
Mum Bethany added: «Everyone comments on it [the tooth] because they’ve never seen it before. Everyone at work has been taking pictures of her.»
Dentists often try to keep the natal teeth, but they may be removed for three different reasons.
Professor Richard Welbury, honorary consultant in paediatric dentistry at UCLAN, explained: «In paediatric dentistry, it’s quite common for us to get calls from neonatal units to say there’s a child born with a tooth, but it may not be something that a general dental practice would see very often.
«There may be more than one; I have never seen more than two at a time. «They are usually part of the normal quota of baby teeth, but in rare cases they may be extra teeth. «We do all we can to keep them and help them to mature as normal milk teeth. «There are three reasons why we would take them out. The first is that they would be a danger to the baby’s airway. «They may be very loose and there would be a danger that they could come loose and go into the baby’s lungs. «The second reason is they could ulcerate the underside of the baby’s tongue, and the third reason would be if the mother is breastfeeding and that’s painful.»