Extracting the Truth
Toddlers have skulls horrifyingly jammed with dentition. They’re born with baby teeth plus forthcoming adult teeth. “Honestly no wonder toddlers are so angry all the time.” Evidence: pediatric x-rays showing a child’s jaw, right view, left view. Teeth jut in all directions like schooling fish fleeing a barracuda. (An x-ray is a photograph. Instead of visible light, x-ray images employ a different portion of the electromagnetic spectrum—the shorter wavelength immediately below ultraviolet light.)
The x-rays show an extreme case of hyperdontia—surplus teeth. They do not depict a standard issue child, but a freakish outlier. The photographs show “an unusual case of multiple hyperdontia in a girl aged 11 years 8 months with 31 supernumerary teeth,” states an article in the October 2011 issue of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. (Subscription comes with a free lollipop, or should.) In short, a normal human is born with 32 teeth. This human came with 63.