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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

Fang like Teeth?

05/12/2010

Question:

I have a 2 yr old neice and from what I gather from my family all of her teeth are shaped like canine teeth. I remember not long ago watching a story on tv about a kid in which all his teeth were shaped like that as well. I do not believe my sister has taken her daughter to the dentist and I wonder if something physically wrong may have caused her teeth to look this way. Along with my sisters history of illness, she has Rheumatoid arthritis and has had it her whole life... basically untreated. My neice also recently had a seizsure and no conclusion has been made whether or not its epilepsy or not. I`d like to know what is the possible causes for her teeth shape.

Answer:

There are a variety of conditions that can affect the shape of teeth. It is not possible to diagnose your niece's problem without an exam but it is important that she be examined soon. Encourage your sister to have your niece examined by a pediatric dentist as the problem that caused her misshapen teeth could be affecting other systems in her body, as well.

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Response by:

Dennis J McTigue, DDS Dennis J McTigue, DDS
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University