Babies Are Born Teething, Should Special Treatment Be Done?
Generally, new baby teething at the age of 4-7 months. But in some cases, the baby’s teeth have grown at birth or before the age of 1 month. Does special care need to be done if the baby is born teething? Here are the things you should know as a parent.
The presence of teeth in newborns is a rare case. In medicine, teeth that have grown when a newborn baby is known as Christmas teeth. While teeth that grow in the first 30 days of life are called neonatal teeth.
Causes of Born Babies Are Teething
Until now, the cause of the emergence of Christmas and neonatal teeth is still not known with certainty. Allegedly, premature tooth growth is associated with several body conditions that affect growth, including:
Lack of vitamins.
Babies are born with cleft lip.
Babies are born with cleft palate.
Congenital syndromes, such as Sotos syndrome, Hallerman-Streiff syndrome, Pierre Robin syndrome, and Ellis-van Creveld syndrome.
In addition, babies born with Christmas and neonatal teeth can also be influenced by heredity. About 15% of babies born with Christmas and neonatal teeth have parents or families who experience similar events as babies.
How are the signs of a baby born teething?
Christmas and neonatal teeth have the following characteristics:
Smaller than milk teeth
Brownish or yellowish
Being in front of the bottom or front of the top
In addition, based on their shape, these premature teeth can be grouped as follows:
Type 1: Perfectly growing teeth, rocking, and without tooth roots.
Type 2: Perfectly growing teeth, slightly rocking, with small tooth roots.
Type 3: The white line of the new crown of the tooth through the gum.
Type 4: Gums thicken, but the teeth have not penetrated the gums.
This grouping makes it easy for doctors to determine whether treatment is needed or not.
Do Newborn Teeth Need Special Care?
In general, Christmas and neonatal teeth do not require special care. However, consult a doctor if tooth growth in newborns causes the following problems:
1. Mother’s nipples hurt while breastfeeding
Little will probably bite your nipples when suckling. Treat the wound so that the breastfeeding process is not painful for you. Ask your doctor for treatment if the wound on the nipple does not heal.
2. Thrush on the baby’s tongue
Sharp corners on the surface of the baby’s teeth can injure the tongue and cause canker sores. The dentist can blunt sharp corners of the teeth to prevent prolonged thrush on the baby’s tongue.
3. Babies lack of fluids
Injuries to the mother’s nipples and thrush on the baby’s tongue can inhibit the process of breastfeeding. Immediately seek medical attention, because this condition can cause the baby to become dehydrated.
4. Babies choke
Shaky premature teeth can cause the baby to choke if the teeth come loose and are inhaled by the baby. Tooth extraction needs to be done in this condition. If needed, premature tooth extraction is done when the baby is at least 10 days old to avoid excessive bleeding.
The presence of teeth in newborns is indeed rare. If your child has Christmas or neonatal teeth, be sure to check this condition with a pediatrician and pediatric dentist if there are signs of tooth growth that is too early in children.