It can be a bit alarming if you notice something different going on with your gum tissue. Healthy gum tissue appears as pink tissue and doesn’t show signs of inflammation, such as bleeding. Healthy gum tissue also shouldn’t be painful. If you’ve noticed some white stuff near your gum tissue, you’re probably wondering what’s happening.
There can be many different causes of white spots on or near your gum tissue. Understanding the difference in these abnormalities may give you insight into your particular situation that’s going on. As with anything that seems out of the ordinary, it’s always best to consult with your dentist. They can take a look and let you know what, more specifically, you are dealing with and what course of action should be taken.
Plaque is composed of bacteria that can lead to gum disease and cavities. Plaque can build up along your gum line, and when it builds up, it can have a whitish appearance. Plaque is 100% removable, and you can brush your teeth and floss to break up the plaque build-up and remove it.
Tartar build-up is plaque that has calcified and hardened onto your teeth. Tartar buildup can build at the gum line, but it also can develop underneath your gum tissue. Once tartar forms, it will need to be scraped off your teeth. This is what your dental hygienist removes at your dental appointments.
Tartar buildup that is not removed can harbor bacteria and cause problems with your gum tissue. If you notice tartar buildup on your teeth and that your gum tissue seems irritated in these areas, it is good to reach out to your dentist. If tartar has led to gum disease, you could benefit from scaling and root planing. This specialized type of cleaning focuses above and below the gumline and it can help bring your gum tissue back to health.
It could be a canker sore if you notice a white spot on your gum tissue. Canker sores can also be identified because they usually cause a stingy pain that worsens with acidic foods. Most canker sores will go away after 10-14 days. If you get canker sores frequently, talk to your dentist about things you can try to prevent them.
Thrush is a form of candida fungus that can form on your tongue, inside cheeks, or on the roof of your mouth. It appears as white patches that usually overlay red, sore tissue. You may experience a cotton-like feeling in your mouth. Treatment for this condition is usually an antifungal medication.
Oral Lichen Planus
With this condition you may notice lacey patches on your gum tissue. Over time, it can develop into raised patches and uncomfortable sores. Treatment usually involves some type of corticosteroid, which helps to reduce inflammation.
If your tooth is infected, you may develop a pus-filled blister on your gum tissue. This is usually referred to as a fistula, and it is the area in which an infection will drain if the pressure gets too great. This commonly is accompanied by some pain building up prior to the fistula draining but not always. If you notice an area like this on your gum tissue, we highly recommend calling your dentist and having it looked at.
As you can see, many different things may contribute to white stuff on or around your gum tissue. One of the best ways of avoiding this white stuff is by practicing good oral home care. Living a healthy lifestyle, brushing and flossing your teeth, and maintaining regular dental check-ups are the best ways to keep your mouth happy and healthy.Share This: