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December 1986

Natal Teeth in American Indians

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics Gallup Indian Medical Center Nizhoni Blvd PO Box 1337 Gallup, NM 87301

Am J Dis Child. 1986;140(12):1214. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1986.02140260016008

Sir.—We read with interest the recent article about natal teeth.1 The author found an incidence of one in 3392 births. The Gallup (NM) Indian Medical Center has approximately 1500 deliveries a year. Our patients are mostly Navajo. Natal teeth are sufficiently commonplace that we tend to neglect to make a note of them. After reading Leung's article, we checked the next 118 charts we came across and found three children with natal teeth. All were female.

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