If you’ve noticed white spots on your gums, you may be concerned about their cause. One common question about white gums is whether or not they can be caused by certain medications.
While there is no known medication that directly causes white spots on the gums, there are times when medications can indirectly cause white gums.
The most common way that medications can contribute to white gums is by weakening the friendly bacteria in the body, which can lead to the candida albicans fungus growing in the mouth. This fungus can create white spots on the tongue and on the gums.
Candida albicans can become rampant in the body when there are not enough good bacteria to keep it at bay. Some medications kill off our good bacteria as well as curing what ails us. The most common example of this is found in antibiotics, which kill infections and bacteria in the body- both the good and the bad. Other drugs, including chemotherapy treatments for cancer, and even birth control pills can sometimes cause candida albicans to grow out of control. When it is found in the mouth, it is commonly referred to as thrush.
There are also times when medications can cause an allergic reaction in the mouth, creating sores, which may be red or white. This is often due to strong chemicals, and can even be the result of strong detergents found in teeth whiteners or toothpastes.
If you have white gums, you should first evaluate any medications you have recently taken to determine if they might be the cause of the problem. If you have developed thrush due to an anti-biotic or other medication, it can usually be relieved through medication you can get from your doctor. Eating plain, unsweetened yogurt and rinsing your mouth with vinegar diluted in water can also help.
When white spots occur because of tooth whitening products, it is usually a reaction to the bleach in the products. You will usually notice that the symptoms disappear once you stop using the products. If you are using a tooth-whitening product, you can finish the treatment, so long as you are not in pain. If your reaction comes from toothpaste, it’s obviously time to switch brands. You’ll likely find that switching to all natural, oil of mint based dental care products will not only provide you with a gentler toothpaste alternative, but will also provide superior anti-bacterial and anti-fungal treatment to your mouth.
White spot on your gums are usually not a sign of a serious problem, but they do need attention. So work with your doctor or dentist to help cure your gums right away.