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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.
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
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
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 more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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