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DENTAL SCIENCE - REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 329-333

''Early baby teeth'': Folklore and facts


1 Department of Pedodontic and Preventive Dentistry, JKK Nataraja Dental College and Hospital, Komarapalyam, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Oral Pathology, JKK Nataraja Dental College and Hospital, Komarapalyam, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Periodontology, JKK Nataraja Dental College and Hospital, Komarapalyam, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
N Uma Maheswari
Department of Pedodontic and Preventive Dentistry, JKK Nataraja Dental College and Hospital, Komarapalyam, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0975-7406.100289

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Variations in the newborns' oral cavity have been an enduring interest to the pediatric dentist. The occurrence of natal and neonatal teeth is a rare anomaly, which for centuries has been associated with diverse superstitions among many different ethnic groups. Natal teeth are more frequent than neonatal teeth, the ratio being approximately 3:1. The purpose of this case report is to review the literature related to the natal teeth folklore and misconceptions and discuss their possible etiology and treatment.


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