A 23-year-old female asked:
my baby was born with a tooth she's now 3m old and showing signs of teething but has white in the gum where her tooth is what could this be?
3 doctor answers • 10 doctors weighed in
Dentistry 22 years experience
Where is white?: Do you mean her gum is white where there is an expected tooth? If so the gum gets white or blanched right before the tooth is erupting . I am not sure if this answers your question.
Dentistry 38 years experience
Normal: The tissue will turn white when teeth are erupting. This is normal and will resolve with time.
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Enamel Pearl: Sometimes babies are born with a small calcified nodule on their gums called an enamel pearl. It usually falls off after awhile, especially as the real baby tooth under the gums begins to erupt. To be absolutely sure, ask your dentist to refer you to a qualified pediatric dental specialist. They are the experts in growth and development of the baby teeth.
Last updated Dec 9, 2013
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