No-one could blame new mum Vicki Griffiths when she decided not to breastfeed her beautiful baby girl.
For along with her big eyes and button nose, Eva Faith had a dazzling smile – that revealed two very healthy, very sharp front teeth!
When Eva was born weighing 7lbs 4oz at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough on September 8, no-one was any the wiser about her secret smile!
But when Vicki went off to have a bath her husband Steven spotted the teeth in his daughter's lower jaw.
Vicki, a 26-year-old child minder, said: "When I came back into the room Steven said, 'she's got teeth, you know!' and then we both burst out laughing.
"We were in shock, and so were the midwives. She had her mouth closed to begin with, so we didn't notice. It was quite bizarre to see them.
"I had been planning to breastfeed, but when I saw Eva's teeth I was put off. I don't think anybody could blame me!"
Eva is now at home with her parents and older sisters Elizabeth, seven, and Emily, five, in Redcar, Cleveland.
At first Vicki thought the teeth would have to be removed in case Eva were to choke on them, but she was checked over by a paediatrician who said they were stable enough not to present a problem.
The little girl is now thriving on bottled milk and delighting all that meet her with her unusual feature.
Vicki added: "Eva often has her mouth open, especially after she has woken up.
"A professional baby photographer came round to take some pictures, and she simply could not believe it. Everyone thinks Eva is lovely, but can't get over her teeth."
Jonathan Wyllie, consultant neonatologist at James Cook, said: "It probably happens about three times every two years here and we deliver 4,000 babies a year. It's every 2,000 to 3,000 births.
"Babies are born with one or two teeth and it's usually in the lower gum."
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