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What is the white film I get on my gum and cheeks after I brush my teeth? I notice it when I wake up in the morning. It also happened with listerine.

What is the white film I get on my gum and cheeks after I brush my teeth? I notice it when I wake up in the morning. It also happened with listerine.

White film: This is not typical and so nothing "pops" into mind as to cause. You need to see a dentist when this is present to tell you exactly what it is and how to avoid, treat or not be concerned about if normal. ...Read more

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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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I've had a sore spot on my gums for about a month, the last 2 weeks a white film (that doesn't come off) is in the spot. I've seen multiple Drs.?

I've had a sore spot on my gums for about a month, the last 2 weeks a white film (that doesn't come off) is in the spot. I've seen multiple Drs.?

Drs?: Have you asked your General Dentist for an opinion and/or referral to an Oral Surgeon or a Periodontist? If not, please do so. White lesions in the mouth require immediate investigation. ...Read more

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Dental: The chlorhexidine oral rinse that I'm told to use after my gum graft caused a brownish film on my teeth. Brushing does not take it off. Now?

Dental: The chlorhexidine oral rinse that I'm told to use after my gum graft caused a brownish film on my teeth. Brushing does not take it off. Now?

Temporary: It is temporary and can only be polished off by a professional. My guess is this was prescribed to increase the chances of success of your surgery and will soon be discontinued ...Read more

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Sugarless gum makes my mouth feel somewhat clean after I eat. Does this type of gum still leave a film on teeth that should be toothpaste brushed off?

Sugarless gum makes my mouth feel somewhat clean after I eat. Does this type of gum still leave a film on teeth that should be toothpaste brushed off?

Yes, it leaves: Chewing sugarless gum can HELP prevent tooth decay and gum disease. It causes more saliva production, which helps neutralize and rinse away some of the acid that forms in your mouth when you break down food. However, even sugarless gum, is not a substitute for a regular oral hygiene. ...Read more

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Got fever and tonsillitis. Next morning gums slightly swollen. Swelling progressed w/ pain. Woke up w/ yellow film on front teeth. Is this gum disease?

Got fever and tonsillitis. Next morning gums slightly swollen. Swelling progressed w/ pain. Woke up w/ yellow film on front teeth. Is this gum disease?

Fever and tonsils: Please have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility. You will be carefully examined and most likely the team will prescribe appropriate medication.
If they have some concerns they will refer you to the appropriate doctor. ...Read more

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What are common gum problems?

What are common gum problems?

Gus and bone: Gingivitis and periodontitis are the most common. The next most common is loss of attachment commonly referred to as gum recession. ...Read more

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What to do about gum pockets?

What to do about gum pockets?

See Specialist: See the Periodontist - the specialist in gum tissue treatment. Get a complete exam and diagnosis and discuss your condition and options for treatment. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Is it ok to let kids chew gum?

Is it ok to let kids chew gum?

Sugar Free ONLY: You cant't stop them but at least train them to use sugar free. ...Read more

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What are some common gum issue?

What are some common gum issue?

The most common: Is gum inflammation or gingivitis. The next most common is recession of the gums. Both can be treated by a periodontist who is a specialist in gum treatment. Please feel free to e-mail me at dhschneid@gmail. Com and I will help you locate a good periodontist near you. ...Read more

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What gum brand lasts the longest?

What gum brand lasts the longest?

Xylitol: I'm not sure which kind lasts longer, but I am sure that you want to chew the kind that has xylitol as the sweetener. Always buy sugarless, and go with the brands with xylitol. By interacting with the bacteria in your mouth, the xylitol actually helps prevent tooth decay. ...Read more

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How can a crown stay on/in your gum?

How can a crown stay on/in your gum?

It can't: A crown is a durable covering made of porcelain or metal placed over a tooth to strengthen the tooth due to decay, fracture, breakage, etc. There has to be a usable amount of tooth for the crown to be adhered to. The edge or margin can be placed just below the gum line but a crown cannot sit on just gums. Crowns are cemented or bonded to the existing tooth. ...Read more

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Hello Dr. Why do I have a black gum?

Hello Dr. Why do I have a black gum?

Many factors: It can be a normal variant just like there are different skin tones. It's likely due to a buildup of melanin in the gingiva. It can also be caused by certain medications and smoking as well. ...Read more

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What is the cause of darker lower gum?

What is the cause of darker lower gum?

Melanin: Can cause dark discoloration of the gums based on ethnicity and it is normal.
If the the darker color (e.g. Dark red) is caused by gum disease, it will also involve inflammation due to engorgement of blood due to irritants, e.g. Tartar, plaque, calcular deposits, . Please see your dentist if it is raising some worries. ...Read more

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Why is the gum above my crown receding?

Irritation: Very common for tissue to recede around a crown. The area must be kept clean, but not damaged due to overzealous brushing. ...Read more

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Could it hurt to have an injection in your gum?

Could it hurt to have an injection in your gum?

Most dentists: I see - use a little topical anesthetic on a swab to numb the gum before injecting with a needle. That usually reduces the discomfort significantly. ...Read more

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I'm wondering what is the cause of gum discoloration?

I'm wondering what is the cause of gum discoloration?

Several: Discoloration of the gums or gingiva can be due to melanin, a pigment in the body that produces color in the skin, eyes, etc. Amalgam (silver filling material) can produce an amalgam tattoo when it gets into the gums. Some or the older metals that were used for crowns and bridges can also cause some discoloration of the gums. ...Read more

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Are there any health risks from chewing BeechNut gum?

In very rare: Situations - massive quantities of swallowed gum has caused bezores. ...Read more

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My cheeks seem to have a film over them what could this be?

My cheeks seem to have a film over them what could this be?

Keratin: If the film is white and does not go away and is on both sides perhaps you bite into your cheeks when you normally bite or chew. This causes keratin formation there from this trauma. There are other reasons too but some history & exam is needed. Did it just appear all of a sudden or you always noticed it? On one side or both side of cheeks. Point it out to your dentist so it can be monitored. ...Read more

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What is gum recession?

What is gum recession?

Receding Gums: Is the exposure in the roots of the teeth caused by a loss of gingival tissue. See your dentist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What causes sudden gum pain?

What causes sudden gum pain?

Any of infections..: Normally, a periodontal, or gingival abscess can cause such sudden reaction, and in most of cases 24 to 72 hours after eating pop corn or chips, or nuts, where they hide below gum line and detach the gum. Please note that "tooth/root infection" can also cause sudden pain in the gum. ...Read more

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What to do about inflated gums?

What to do about inflated gums?

Gingivitis: Inflamed gums can be a sign that you are at risk for, or already have, gum disease. The bacteria and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless toxic “plaque” on teeth causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed. This is a serious problem, which should be checked by a dentist. The good news is that this condition is curable. Call your dentist today! ...Read more

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How do u stop hurting my gums?

How do u stop hurting my gums?

Care for them better: It seems the gums may be inflamed. Make sure your dentist does a nice examination and evaluation of the gums to make sure they are healthy. The dentist can come up with a plan to make the gums healthier. It may require better techniques at home on your part to assist; the dentist and his hygienist cannot do this alone.... ...Read more

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Something growing out of my gums?

Sorry: "Something" isn't enough information. This is not a web-site answerable question, at any rate. You will have to be physically examined and perhaps x-rayed. Please call your Dentist now for an appointment. ...Read more

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Why do my gums keep droping down?

Receding gums: The gum disease, vigorous tooth brushing are most often the causes for gums recession. See your dentist for examination and treatment. ...Read more

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What to do for a popped gum boil?

What to do for a popped gum boil?

See your dentist: To check the source of "gum boil". The sooner the better before it can do more damage. ...Read more

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What are some apartame free gums?

Xylitol or sorbitol: Look for xylitol or sorbitol as the sugar substitute in sugar free gum to avoid aspartame. ...Read more

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Can a piece of your gums come out?

Yes it can: There are many reasons pieces of gum tissue can come or slough off. Sometimes disease or a growth can result on tissue coming or flaking off you need to have your dentist or periodontist check it out. Rule out any infection or disease. ...Read more