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Gums (Definition)

Gum are the pink soft tissue that forms a collar around our teeth, that collar acts as a gasket of sorts that protects the tooth roots and the bone that ...Read more


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Why are the gums around my teeth white?

Why are the gums around my teeth white?

Many reasons: White around the teeth can be anything from food debris to cancer. That said, more common causes are fungal infections like thrush, tissue changes like leukoplakia that occur with smoking, bad oral hygiene, or overuse of alcoholic mouthwashes. The tissues at the edges are thin and are sensitive to systemic changes like diabetes and vitamin deficiencies like scurvy. See your dentist soon. ...Read more

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What does having white gums around and below my teeth mean? Nothing seems to have changed in my health or diet.

What does having white gums around and below my teeth mean? Nothing seems to have changed in my health or diet.

Maybe nothing: Your gums immediately below your teeth should be pink but certainly more pale than the mucosa further from your teeth. Gums are covered with a keratin layer, like skin, hair, fingernails. Mucosa doesn't have this keratin layer & is more translucent. Extremely pale gums could be a sign of systemic conditions such as anemia. I suggest you see your dentist or periodontist. ...Read more

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I have white spots on my gums and around the teeth my gums are turing blueish black. ?

I have white spots on my gums and around the teeth my gums are turing blueish black. ?

Gum problems: There any number of causes for your symptoms. If you have a regular dentist, i would see him as soon as you can. He may employ the help of a periodontist for final diagnosis depending on what he finds. In my opinion without seeing for myself, it sounds like a fairly uncommon condition called anug- acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis. See your dentist or periodontist. ...Read more

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My 11 month old has a blister on his gums. It's not directly under any teeth, it's white hard (but not a tooth), and red around it. What could it be?

My 11 month old has a blister on his gums. It's not directly under any teeth, it's white hard (but not a tooth), and red around it. What could it be?

Teething or Chewing : 11 month old can have erupting teeth, a gum cyst, trauma from chewing on some object they put in their mouth, a primary case of herpes infection, or rarely a canker sore. See your pediatrician to get the proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have small white bumps on my gums that have been around for awhile, 2+ months. I had HPV shots and got new front teeth, moving my bite?

I have small white bumps on my gums that have been around for awhile, 2+ months. I had HPV shots and got new front teeth, moving my bite?

Connection: What's the connection between the white bumps, the new front teeth, and your bite moving? I think you really have to return to the dentist that treated you for comparison of today's "bite" to your baseline, and for evaluation of the "bumps.". ...Read more

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I noticed last night my bottom teeth had a little bit of white instead of pink gum around it. What could it be from?

I noticed last night my bottom teeth had a little bit of white instead of pink gum around it. What could it be from?

Dental cleaning: If the gums are white, then it could be dead tissue sloughing off. It's not uncommon, and you should not be too concerned if it disappears. If it's a hard build-up on your teeth, then it is saliva deposits and bacteria that need to be removed with instruments - i.e. A dental cleaning. This also is common in lower teeth, but you can minimize it by flossing. ...Read more

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I cut my gum near my teeth about 5 days ago and now it turned white with like the tissue separated. It really hurts. How do I make it heal faster?

I cut my gum near my teeth about 5 days ago and now it turned white with like the tissue separated. It really hurts. How do I make it heal faster?

MaybeBiteTheBullet: Dead skin on the outside can often turn black. That means it's dead.But,of course,if not too extensive,will heal and grow back.In the mouth it turns white(because,unlike on the outside it dries-up,in the mouth it swells with moisture from saliva)To help it heal you need to use a mouthwash and keep brushing all the other teeth.In a few days you may need an antibiotic if not better or getting worse. ...Read more

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My gum tissue is very loose around my teeth what can be causing it?

My gum tissue is very loose around my teeth what can be causing it?

Loose gum tissue: Loosening of the gum tissue around the teeth is usually indicative of a periodontal disease process that should be evaluated to determine the extent of the problem. It might be a very early stage that can be returned to a healthy state with a simple scaling and tooth cleaning process or might require more extensive periodontal treatment. ...Read more

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I have white gums just below my bottom row of teeth. What's wrong?

I have white gums just below my bottom row of teeth. What's wrong?

Leukoplakia: White gum, or white patch that cannot be rubbed off with a gauze or cotton or a rag is termed leukoplakia. It is the beginning of epithelial change as the outside layer thickening. If it change to red, it is becoming erythroplakia with invasion of blood vessel to supply the lesion growth. Stop smoking or chewing tobacco immediately at this stage because acanthosis will begin and then carcinoma. ...Read more

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