Can Babies Be Born With Teeth?

Usually, parents can expect their child’s first baby tooth to erupt at around 6 months or so, though every child is different. 

In fact, did you know that some babies are born with teeth? While they don’t necessarily have a full set of teeth right after they are born, they may have 1-2.

Is this a problem? What should you do if your baby is born with teeth? Keep reading to find out:


What Are Natal Teeth?

If your baby is born with teeth, they are called natal teeth. 

Note that a child may also have neonatal teeth, which erupt in the first 30 days or so after they’re born. Natal and neonatal teeth are very similar and often studied together, so the information in this article applies to both.

Sometimes, these teeth can look like normal baby teeth. Most often, however, they will be underdeveloped. They may be smaller than a regular baby tooth or have an unusual cone shape.

Moreover, natal and neonatal teeth can be brown or yellow and loose since the root isn’t properly developed.


What Causes Natal Teeth?

The exact causes of natal teeth are unknown. But babies may be more likely to have them if they experience conditions such as:

  • Sotos syndrome
  • Hallermann-Streiff syndrome
  • Pachyonychia congenita
  • Chondroectodermal dysplasia

Do Natal Teeth Cause Problems for the Child?

Some natal teeth aren’t an issue, though they can lead to certain complications:

  • Breastfeeding difficulties if the child accidentally bites the mother
  • Choking risks exist if the tooth dislodges and the child swallows it.
  • Oral injury if the child accidentally bites their tongue or lip


What Should You Do if Your Child Has Natal Teeth?

If your baby was born with teeth, you should bring them to see Dr. Mila Belgrade and Dr. Dikla Chazbani for a consultation as soon as possible.

Not all natal teeth are a problem, but it’s important to make sure your baby’s teeth won’t cause them any discomfort. 

Often, your baby will need an x-ray of their mouth to get a better view of their teeth, especially the root, to confirm if it’s underdeveloped.

Based on these images and a physical exam, our dentists can recommend the right treatment. Sometimes, this can mean extracting the natal tooth, especially if it’s too loose or there are signs the baby is biting the tongue.


Bring Your Little One to Miles of Little Smiles.

If your child has natal or neonatal teeth, bring them for a short visit to see Dr. Mila Belgrade and Dr. Dikla Chazbani, even if you don’t suspect the teeth are causing any issues.

Dr. Belgrade will inspect the little one’s mouth and recommend the best course of action to ensure their proper oral health development.

To get started, schedule a visit to Miles of Little Smiles online or call our office at (914) 949-6655 for more information.

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