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Days after birth, Plant City girl has teeth

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Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 03:24 AM
PLANT CITY -

Sandra Vosburg didn't notice anything unusual when she was in the hospital with her 7-pound, 7-ounce newborn daughter.

But three days after delivery, the 20-year-old Plant City woman saw that her infant's lower two front baby teeth had emerged from the gums.

"One of my friends told me that she thought I had glued teeth in her mouth at first," Vosburg said. "Nobody believed me until I showed it to them, and I'm like, 'Wow, that is weird.' "

Turns out it is weird – though not freakishly so.

One in roughly 4,500 children has teeth grow in within the first month, said Dennis J. McTigue, president of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Usually it's the lower two front baby teeth, he said.

If teeth are present at birth, they're called natal teeth. If they're there shortly after, the teeth are called neonatal teeth.

"Every pediatric dentist sees it," McTigue said.

Most babies start having teeth grow in when they're five to six months old, he said.

Natal or neonatal teeth could cause issues. A nursing baby could suffer sores on her tongue as it scrapes over the teeth, and a nursing mother might feel pain caused by her baby's teeth.

Vosburg's baby, Nesa Marie Chilel Lopez, won't have to worry about that – she isn't breast feeding.

McTigue said no newborns should be given solid food. But Vosburg said she wants to see if her doctor would let her start a little early.

"I'm going to see if I can start her on like little cookies and stuff when she gets a little bit older – probably about two months," Vosburg said.


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