Natal and Neonatal Teeth

Babies can be born with one or more teeth. These teeth are called natal teeth. If teeth develop within the first thirty days after birth they are called neonatal teeth.

The teeth are found in the lower jaw where the front teeth normally erupt. The teeth are usually malformed but hard enough to cause irritation and trauma to the nursing mother or to the baby's tongue.

Both natal and neonatal teeth are usually removed shortly after birth to prevent the trauma or to prevent the risk of the loose tooth getting into the baby's lungs.

The appearance of the tooth/teeth in such an early stage does not mean that the baby is suffering from any abnormalities. Ask your dentist for advice on how to deal with the issue.