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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

My baby is born with two teeth in lower jaw

09/03/2008

Question:

my baby is born with two teeths in lower jaw. What are the consequences to her health.shall it be removed.

Answer:

It sounds like your child has what are known as natal teeth. These are typically present at birth. In most cases, these are actually the baby teeth and if removed, it means no teeth will come in until the adult teeth do, which may be delayed as long as 8 years of age. Of immediate concern is making sure that these teeth don't interfere with feeding in any way, and that they are not traumatizing your baby's tongue or gums (this is known as riga fede).

I would advise having your baby seen by a dentist to discuss the risks and benefits. Thank you for the question.

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Response by:

Sarath  Thikkurissy, DDS, MS Sarath Thikkurissy, DDS, MS
Professor
Director, Residency Program, Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati