Here’s a story you don’t hear everyday…
Baby Megan Andrews amazed doctors and family by being born with teeth.
She is now just under two weeks old and she has already had two dental appointments, reports the Brighton Argus.
Mum Claire Slimming, 20, knew nothing of the phenomenon until a midwife gave Megan a check an hour after she came into the world.
Claire, from Worthing, said: “The midwife counted Megan’s ten fingers and toes and then looked and put a finger inside her mouth and was astonished when she counted seven teeth.
“Her face said it all – she was shocked.”
Megan had her first dental appointment at the age of just one day at the Maxio-facial unit at Worthing Hospital.
Claire said: “They gently took out four of the teeth because they were falling out and might have choked her. She didn’t feel a thing and slept through the whole process.
“Megan still has one tiny tooth in front and two at the back and they are pretty-well anchored in. They said they would have to give her anaesthetic to remove them but we decided against that. I couldn’t put her through it.
“We’ll be keeping an eye on them with more dental check-ups.”
This is ridiculous!! I can see one tooth or two but seven??
Teeth that arrive before your baby is born are called Natal Teeth.
Natal teeth are relatively uncommon, appearing in about one in every 2,000 to 3,000 births. Although the majority of natal teeth are isolated incidents, their presence may be associated with some syndromes.
Natal teeth generally develop on the lower gum where the central incisors will be. They have little root structure and are attached to the margin of the gum by soft tissue and are often wobbly.
Natal teeth are usually not well formed but they are firm enough that, because of their placement, they may cause irritation and trauma to the infant’s tongue while he is nursing. Natal teeth may also be uncomfortable for a nursing mother.
The Slimmings will now have this great story to tell Megan when she gets older.
Everyone should have their claim to fame and this will be hers!