According to Mail Online on Thursday, a baby was born in the United Kingdom with two bottom teeth earlier this month.
The natal teeth, teeth babies are born with, occur in about one in every 2,000-3,000 babies. The teeth usually develop in the lower gums and usually have to be removed shortly after birth due to little root structure and danger of the baby choking on them. Natal teeth are not usually associated with other medical problems and there is no known explanation for them except dental development.
Vicki Griffiths, 26, gave birth to seven pound, four ounce Eva Faith on September 8 at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. Little Eva's teeth weren't noticed right away. Vicki had left for her bath when her husband discovered the teeth.
‘When I came back into the room Steven said, “she’s got teeth, you know!” and then we both burst out laughing. We were in shock, and so were the midwives.' said Vicki Griffiths.
‘She had her mouth closed to begin with, so we didn’t notice. It was quite bizarre to see them.’
She added: ‘I had been planning to breastfeed, but when I saw Eva’s teeth I was put off. I don’t think anybody could blame me!’
Eva has since been checked by a pediatrician and he is confident the teeth will not cause her a problem. The pediatrician said the teeth are stable enough not to need removal.
Eva is now being bottle fed and is at home with her family now.
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