BRANSON, MO (KOLR) – Medical professionals at Mercy Hospital Springfield were all smiles last week when Alyssa Bella Bailey, of Branson, was brought into the world.
The little girl’s smile not only caught the attention of her family, but also doctors and nurses down the hall. Alyssa was born with two teeth.
“Right when she first arrived everyone was shocked,” says Alyssa’s mother, Jaklina Bailey, “They said, ‘she has two front teeth?’ It was just the big talk in the delivery room.”
Born December 28, maybe all Bailey’s daughter wanted for Christmas was her two front teeth. It’s an uncommon occurrence known as “natal teeth.”
Bailey says her doctor was just as shocked as everyone else.
“She said in her 25-year career this is the second time she’s ever seen it,” says Bailey. “We had two other doctors that came in just to look, and nurses, they were just like, ‘let me see, let me see.’”
According to Medline Plus, part of the US National Library of Medicine, “natal teeth” occur once in every 2,000 to 3,000 births.
Natal teeth can be associated with medical conditions like growth hormone deficiencies or cleft pallets but most babies, like Alyssa Bella, are perfectly healthy.
“They said it’s just going to grow with the rest of her teeth,” says Bailey. “The only thing we did look online, and the doctor did warn us, we’re going to keep an eye on them if they do come loose [because] she could choke on them.”
Medline Plus says other potential problems are sores under a child’s tongue or pain during breastfeeding.
“I know a whole lot of people have asked me, ‘does it hurt?’” says Bailey. “Well, I’m feeding with a bottle.”
While many natal teeth are taken out because of their loose root structure, Bailey says the amazing smile is here to stay, at least until it’s time for the teeth to fall out.
“Everything about her is healthy, she’s a healthy beautiful little girl,” says Bailey, “She just has two front teeth.”
Natal teeth shouldn’t be confused with “neo-natal teeth,” which can develop roughly 30 days after the birth of a child.