Epstein pearls are whitish-yellow cysts that form on the gums and roof of the mouth in a newborn baby.
A similar kind of skin problem in babies is
Gingival cysts of the newborn
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Epstein pearls occur only in the newborn and are very common. They are seen in approximately 80% of newborns.
Signs and tests
Examination of the infant confirms that these are Epstein pearls and not teeth present at birth (
No treatment is necessary. The condition is harmless.
Epstein pearls disappear within 1 to 2 weeks of birth.
Calling your health care provider
If you are concerned about Epstein pearls in your infant, discuss it with your health care provider during a routine
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