A newly born baby in Missouri just surprised the doctors with her two front teeth. The baby was born three days after the Christmas and the day was a surprise for her parents as she already had two front teeth.
Jaklina Bailey, the mother, told ABC7 that “Right when she first arrived, everybody was just shocked. Just like, ‘She has two front teeth? No kidding? Really?’ It was just a big talk about it, you know, in the delivery room.”
She told Fox News that even her doctor was shocked. “She said in her 25-year career this is the second time she’s ever seen it,” Bailey said.
According to the National Institute of Health, It’s likely that in about every 2000 to 3000 births, a baby is born with teeth.
Dr. Laura Corio, a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, explained to ABC News that “Teeth can be present in oral cavities at birth and may be related to certain other health problems but not always,”
Corio told ABC News that in most of the cases the doctors shave down or remove the natal teeth quickly to prevent the baby from cutting its tongue.
Fox news reported that Baby Alyssa Bella Bailey’s teeth are not posing any health issues to her, although natal teeth can be associated to medical conditions such as cleft palates or hormone deficiencies.
The parents had decided to keep teeth in baby’s mouth. They planned to keep a close eye on the teeth just in case they become a safety hazard or dangerous for the baby, ABC reported. The natal teeth are an extra (third) set of teeth, so once they fall out they will be replaced with her baby teeth like other babies.