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What White Gums Can Mean

When you smile you want to see "bright white teeth and healthy pink gums", but what if you get white gums and teeth instead? It is not normal for gums to be pale or white in color, and there are a few reasons that you may have such a condition. For example, a dental professional would say that you have gums that are white and not uniform in color because you may have:

• Gingivitis
• Gum disease
• A yeast infection
• Symptoms of tobacco use
• A compromised immune system
• Lesions in the mouth
• Leukoplakia
• Early signs of oral cancer

Clearly, that is a long list of possibilities, and it means you will want to note your individual symptoms and then visit a dentist who can help you by making an accurate diagnosis of your specific condition.

The Many Symptoms of White Gums

Chances are, if you have gums that are very pale or white in color you also have other symptoms. For instance, you may note that your gums are very pale and that you also have white patches on your tongue or on the inner side of your cheek. You may notice that your tongue has a strange white texture that bleeds easily if scraped. You may notice that you have lesions developing at the back of the throat along with the white gums too.

Any of these things could point to a few different diagnoses, and make it easy to see why you must visit the dentist for a proper assessment.

Just consider that you may be developing a lot of lesions on the back of the throat and worrying that you are showing signs of cancer when it could be an issue as common and simple to treat as "Candidiasis" or the standard yeast infection. This would require nothing more than antibiotics to remedy.

Understanding the Issues

Now, we are not saying that white colored gums are never going to be a sign of a far more serious condition. What we are emphasizing here is that it is imperative to head to the dentist as soon as you notice any symptoms listed above.

For instance, there is a noted relation between leukoplakia, pale gum color, and the development of oral cancer. Here is what we mean: many patients with undiagnosed patches of white tissue on their gums, tongue, cheek, and throat will usually be told by a dentist that such patches, or lesions, should be removed. This is because it is known that such patches can develop into oral cancer.

It is also important to understand that your condition may be due to the use of tobacco products and if the dentist indicates that you should give up this risky habit, it is best to follow the advice. The lesions are a sign of irritation and reaction by the body, and should never be ignored.

Gums and mouth tissue that are not their natural color should be taken as a sign that it is time to visit the dentist and get a solution to the issue before it becomes a serious problem.