There’s no question that white gums can be an unsightly problem. In most cases, however, they are not serious. Still, if they affect you, you certainly want to rid yourself of the problem.
The first step to treating white gums is determining their cause. White gums can be a sign of infection in the body, can be a symptom of thrush or can simply be a side effect of using harsh tooth whitening products or toothpaste.
Gums that have splotchy white areas with no raised areas or sores often mean an infection somewhere within your body. The white gums are the result of white blood cells working hard to rid your body of the infection. In order to treat the white gums in this case, you’ll need to get rid of the underlying infection. Keep in mind that if you have severe gingivitis or periodontal disease, that infection might be right in the gums themselves. Look for bleeding, soreness and pus pockets in the gums.
If your gums have raised white splotches that may bleed when disturbed, you may have thrush. Usually these splotches can be found on the tongue and inside the cheeks, too. Thrush is essentially a yeast infection in the mouth. Taking anti-biotic medications, which kill good bacteria along with the bad, allowing yeast to grow, often causes it. You may need medication from your doctor to treat thrush.
If your gums have an overall white appearance, particularly just under the teeth, your white gums may be a sign that you’ve used harsh bleaching agents. Teeth whitening products and even some types of toothpaste contain high amounts of bleach which may bleach your gums right along with your teeth. If this is the cause of your white gums, you can usually get rid of the problem fairly quickly by stopping use of the offending product.
When your gums look unsightly and bleed, your problem is usually related to gingivitis. We all need to pay special attention to our oral hygiene routine in order to get the pink, healthy gums we desire. This means brushing and flossing on a daily basis and rinsing with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal mouthwash. Bacteria that build up in the mouth are the cause of gingivitis. While we can’t prevent the buildup of the bacteria, we can certainly kill it regularly with good dental care. So, strive for those healthy pink gums by taking good care of your mouth and by addressing any problems such as white gums, just as soon as they arise.