Teething is a normal part of a baby’s development during the first year of life.
Most babies get their first tooth between 4 and 7 months of age. The first teeth that poke through the gums are the central incisors, which are located on the bottom front.
While most infants get their first teeth months after birth, some babies are born with one or more teeth.
These are called natal teeth. Natal teeth are relatively rare, occurring in about 1 out of every 2,000 births.
It can be a shock if your baby is born with teeth. But you don’t need to worry or take action unless the teeth interfere with feeding, or are a choking hazard. Your pediatrician can help advise you about what to do.
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Causes and Prevalence of Natal Teeth
Natal teeth can seem mysterious, but there are certain conditions that can increase the chances of babies being born with teeth. These teeth may be seen in babies with a cleft palate or lip.
Babies who are born with irregularities in dentin (the calcified tissues that help form teeth) may also have natal teeth.