September 27, 2016 4:08:57 am
Just nine days old, this infant is perhaps the youngest in the city to have her teeth removed. In a rare case, a child born to a couple from Shirur was born with natal teeth — teeth which are present above the gum line or have already erupted at birth, which are different from neonatal teeth which emerge through the gingiva during the first month of life.
Dr Krupali Oswal, paediatric dentist, applied a minute dose of a topical anaesthetic and used a forceps to remove the lower front two teeth of this infant. “The procedure did not take too much time but we had to deal with the worried parents and relatives and explain to them that these cases are rare but not alarming,” said Dr Oswal.
The eruption of the first tooth is often a joyful moment for parents of a newborn. But if a tooth is found at the time of birth or too early, it leads to a plethora of reactions, and a lot of misconceptions. To complicate matters further, there are various difficulties, like pain on suckling, refusal to feed faced by the mother and the child due to the natal teeth, adds Dr Nitin Oswal, maxillofacial surgeon.
We don’t have adequate studies in the country but according to several research findings, the incidence varies considerably and ranges from 1 in 700 to 1 in 30,000 live births, Dr Oswal said.
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“We were so scared when the baby was born with the teeth,” says Shantaram Borude, a resident of Shirur who works at Bhosari. “It is our first child and imagine our surprise to see two small teeth. However, now the baby is alright and we have taken her home,” said Borude.
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