Incidence of Natal Teeth in Sarlahi District of Nepal

  • Nitin Kumar Agrawal Department of Dentistry, Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Subarna K Khatry Nepal Nutrition Intervention Project – Sarlahi, Nepal
  • Steven C LeClerq Nepal Nutrition Intervention Project – Sarlahi, Nepal
  • Joanne Katz Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA.
  • Luke C Mullany Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA.

Abstract

Background: The presence of natal or neonatal teeth, which have been associated with environmental factors and hereditary syndromes, can have an impact on the psychosocial growth of children.
Methods: We aimed to estimate the incidence of natal tooth in Sarlahi district of Nepal.Live births from Sarlahi district in Nepal were assessed for natal teeth and other related factors.
Results: Among 28,695 live births between 2010 and 2017, we observed 7 cases of natal teeth accounting for an incidence rate of 2.44 per 10,000 (95% CI: 0.98 – 5.03). Out of 7 neonates with natal tooth, 4 were female and 3 were low birth weight (<2500 grams). None were preterm or had any associated cleft lip or palate.
Conclusions: Incidence of natal tooth in Nepal is rare.It is important for health care providers to know about the possibility of occurrence of natal tooth and its management.
Keywords: Incidence of natal tooth; natal tooth; neonatal tooth; Nepal.

Published
2019-04-28
How to Cite
AGRAWAL, Nitin Kumar et al. Incidence of Natal Teeth in Sarlahi District of Nepal. Journal of Nepal Health Research Council, [S.l.], v. 17, n. 01, p. 100-102, apr. 2019. ISSN 1999-6217. Available at: <http://jnhrc.com.np/index.php/jnhrc/article/view/1602>. Date accessed: 19 oct. 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.33314/jnhrc.v17i01.1602.