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White Film On Gums
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.
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. ?
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Yes: It can lead to things like TMJ. ...Read more
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
In very rare: situations - massive quantities of swallowed gum has caused bezores. ...Read more