Can a Baby Be Born with Teeth?

Recently in Wallsend Newcastle, a little new born girl shocked her parents Karen and Andy when it was revealed that she was born with two teeth! Tough most babies cut their first teeth only at about age 6 months or more, this was precocious at least in the oral sense.

Little Summer Whelan was born with two central lower incisors (typically the first teeth a baby grows) but apparently she was only doing what she was genetically predisposed to do. Summer’s grandmother, it is reported, was born similarly with two teeth as well and it is well known that teething patterns are very often hereditary.

Born-with-TeethIf a child has their teeth early it was likely that their parent(s) did so too, and if the child is still toothless at age one, their parent(s) may have been the same.

In fact being born with teeth is commoner than we may think and many people report to being born with teeth; it is perfectly normal and other than the fact that the child will visit the dentist rather earlier in life than most other kids, it needs no further attention.

On the other hand it is as common for a baby to have no teeth at all until their first birthday, and this is perfectly normal as well.

There is no need for a parent to worry about their child having no teeth at age one, even though other babies around of the same age may have a full set of baby teeth by age 12 months.

Both scenarios are normal and require no attention so long as the baby is thriving otherwise, eating well and putting on weight at the normal rate and all other milestones are more or less in order. In fact is thought that later teething may be healthier for the child.

It is also possible that some children do not follow the pattern of teething that is expected – it is usually the center lower two incisors first, then the upper two central incisors, followed by the two top ones on either side of the central incisors. After the incisors are done, it is usually the premolars that come in and then the canines.

However many kids do not follow this pattern and some may cut their back teeth first or their canines before all the incisors are through. This again is no cause for concern and it probably has genetics behind this as well.


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