Baby born with two fully-formed teeth

By - Bad Breath Expert

SUMMARY:  A healthy Welsh baby was born with two fully-formed incisors in her bottom gum.

Posted: September 25, 2014

Chloe Pullen, 25, gave birth to a healthy daughter named Rose Esme Pullen who was born with two fully-formed white incisors in her lower gum. 

"I had a Caesarean so I was under general anesthetic but when I came round my husband told me our daughter had teeth," Pullen told Wales Online.

Pullen, who also has a 2-year-old son, said she and her husband were so surprised by their daughter's appearance that they sent a picture to their friends and family.

"The midwives had never seen a baby with teeth before," Pullen, who delivered at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff on Aug. 22, told Wales Online. "Everybody came to the ward to see her - you could tell it was rare."

Natal teeth
Teeth that a child is born with are known as a natal teeth. Doctors say his development anomaly occurs in about one in every 2,000 to 3,000 babies. 

Natal teeth are different from neonatal teeth, which grow during the first 30 days after birth. Like in baby Rose Esme's case, natal teeth generally develop on the lower gum, where the central incisors appear. They have minimal root structure and are attached to the end of the gum by soft tissue. As you can imagine, these baby-baby teeth are often quite wobbly. 

As shocked as Pullen was, it turns out the newborn was not the first baby in the family to be born with pearly whites - the parents later learned that her grandmother was also born with one front tooth. 

Even though most babies start teething around 6 months, parents are advised to start caring for a baby's gums with a soft washcloth right away to wipe off bacteria that can cause baby bad breath and other oral health problems. Once the first teeth erupt, caregivers can move on to a small toothbrush using a grain of fluoridated toothpaste.

Tooth box put to use sooner than expected
Rose Esme's teeth were removed three days after she was born, which is standard practice to circumvent the danger of the teeth becoming loose and the child choking on them. They can also cause pain to a breastfeeding mother. Rose Esme is still expected to grow a full set of baby teeth, though her mother is putting the little tooth? fairy box to use a bit early.

"I was given a little tooth fairy box at her baby shower and I never thought I would be using it so soon - especially for Rose before her older brother Thomas," Pullen told the source.

The little one had to be fed with bottled milk until the teeth were removed, but Pullen resumed breastfeeding after that.

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