OMG: 12-day-old girl has first tooth removed

A baby girl born 12 days ago has already had her first tooth removed, with her mother saying she never expected to take her daughter to the dentist at such a young age.

Isla-Rose Heasman had to have her tooth taken out because it was wobbly.

The tooth’s appearance in someone so young is unusual given the fact most babies start teething at about six months. Some start from the age of four months old and others after a year.

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Isla-Rose’s mother, Jasmin, from Plymouth in Devon, said: “She had to have it taken out as it was wobbly. She was braver than me, she didn’t really cry.”

The Seven Trees Dental Access Centre said Isla-Rose was the youngest patient they had ever seen and rewarded her with a sticker.

The British Dental Association said about one in 2,000 babies were born with teeth present above the gum line at birth, known as natal teeth. These teeth are often loose because the roots are not properly developed.

Prof Damien Walmsley, scientific adviser at the BDA, said: “The condition can lead to problems with breastfeeding, ulceration of the child’s tongue, and there is risk of a detached tooth entering the child’s lungs. However these cases are extremely rare.”

Source: The guardian

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