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ISRN Pediatrics
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 956269, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/956269
Review Article

Natal and Neonatal Teeth: An Overview of the Literature

1Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Peoples Dental Academy, Bhopal 462037, Madhya Pradesh, India
2Department of Surgery, PCMS & RC, Bhopal 462037, Madhya Pradesh, India

Received 11 May 2013; Accepted 24 June 2013

Academic Editors: R. G. Faix, S. K. Patole, R. J. Schultz, K. Tokiwa, and D. D. Trevisanuto

Copyright © 2013 Shubhangi Mhaske et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The occurrence of natal and neonatal teeth is an uncommon anomaly, which for centuries has been associated with diverse superstitions among different ethnic groups. Natal teeth are more frequent than neonatal teeth, with the ratio being approximately 3 : 1. It must be considered that natal and neonatal teeth are conditions of fundamental importance not only for a dental surgeon but also for a paediatrician since their presence may lead to numerous complications. Early detection and treatment of these teeth are recommended because they may induce deformity or mutilation of tongue, dehydration, inadequate nutrients intake by the infant, and growth retardation, the pattern and time of eruption of teeth and its morphology. This paper presents a concise review of the literature about neonatal teeth.