A baby born with a single tooth made her first trip to the dentist a little earlier than most infants.
When Isla-Rose Heasman was born, she came into the world with a surprise: a single, tiny tooth hanging from her gums. It was wobbly and malformed, so when she was 12 days old her mom, Jasmin, took her to the dentist a bit ahead of schedule.
Upon arrival at The Seven Trees Dental Access Centre, Jasmin’s dentist took one look and declared the Isla-Rose had a very rare medical condition called "natal tooth". This occurs when a baby tooth erupts way before it normally should. Typically, baby teeth should start to come out when a baby is 4-8 months old.
According to the BBC, the condition affects 1 out of every 2,000 babies. It can cause some real problems for both mother and baby alike. For the mom, that tooth can make breastfeeding a painful and difficult affair. For the baby, the tooth can injure their tongue since they haven’t quite figured out what to do with it just yet.
Natal teeth also often don’t have fully formed roots, making them loose and wobbly, and normally they haven’t fully developed an enamel coating, making them prone to cavities. Most dentists recommend pulling the teeth immediately to save both mom and baby a ton of headaches later on.
And that is precisely what Isla-Rose’s dentist did, with a little numbing paste applied to the gums first, of course.
Isla-Rose was easily the dental practice’s youngest patient ever, but she didn’t put up much fuss during her appointment. She remained quiet and calm, and once the tooth was gone she barely made a peep. She even got a sticker from the dentist--something that’s normally reserved for patients that come in for their first dental checkup.
The only downside to having her tooth pulled is that Isla-Rose will be a gap-toothed kid until her adult teeth start coming in between the ages of 6-9. Not having a baby tooth to push out of the way shouldn’t cause Isla any problems, it just means that she might have a slightly tougher time chewing until then.
But in the meantime, she’s a healthy, and now toothless, baby girl.
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