You’re probably aware that healthy gums are supposed to be nice and pink. So, if your gums suddenly look white or have white splotches, you are right to be concerned.
White gums are a fairly common problem, but they do demand attention. Several different things can cause them, so it’s important to first determine the cause.
White gums are often caused by infection in the body. In many cases, the infection is in the gums themselves, as a result of severe gingivitis or periodontal disease. If you have other symptoms, such as gums that bleed easily or bad breath, your white gums are likely another symptom of problems in your mouth.
Visit your dentist for a thorough cleaning, and then step up your oral hygiene routine. Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once. Rinse with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal mouthwash daily, too. In addition to increasing the frequency of cleaning your mouth, you may also want to swap out the products you’re using. Switching from commercial dental care products to all natural ones made from oil of mint will ensure that you’re getting superior anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties without unnecessary additives like detergent and artificial sweetener. You may even save some money, since there are oil of mint products that can serve as your toothpaste and mouthwash, all in one. Using all natural products eliminates any chance that your white gums are the result of an allergic reaction to the detergents or other artificial ingredients in your dental care products.
There are other problems that can cause white gums, too. Infections in other areas of the body can cause your gums to be white. Ridding yourself of the white gums in this case requires ridding yourself of the underlying infection in your body.
Thrush can also cause white gums. Thrush is usually fairly easy to spot, because it creates white splotches on the gums, inside of the cheeks and the tongue. These splotches may be sore and may bleed easily, too. Taking medications, like anti-biotics or chemotherapy treatments that upset the natural bacterial balance in the mouth, often causes thrush. In some cases, thrush will resolve itself, especially if you use simple home remedies like rinsing with salt water or hydrogen peroxide, eating plain, unsweetened yogurt and taking acidophilus pills. You can also get a treatment from your doctor, if these home remedies don’t work.
Taking care of your mouth is an important part of taking care of your overall health. So, don’t ignore those white gums. Find out their cause so that you can treat them with one of these methods.