Why Do White Patches Develop In The Mouth?

Dentist Blog

It is wise to see your dentist at least twice a year, but you should see the oral professional more often if you notice a new problem in your mouth. For example, any type of discoloration is cause for concern and this includes the formation of white spots. There are many reasons why white spots will develop. Keep reading to learn about a few causes and what your dentist will do about the issue.

Candida Growth

Your mouth contains a great deal of microorganisms that live in balance with one another. Bacteria and yeast make up the flora and keep each other in check to limit overgrowth. However, any sort of disruption in the flora can cause an imbalance to occur. This is exactly what happens when you develop candidiasis or oral thrush. 

Oral thrush can easily be treated with antifungal agents. However, you do need to see your dentist to determine the underlying cause of the disorder. Otherwise, you risk a recurrence. Oftentimes, thrush will form if you have diabetes or another condition that affects your immune system. On top of this disorder, you are likely using bactericidal products too often. So, your dentist will ask you about the use of mouthwashes, antibiotics, chlorhexidine rinses, and other products that you use that may be contributing to the yeast growth.

In addition to the bacteria-killing products you use, your dentist will also want to know about any inhalers that you have. Specifically, steroidal inhalers like ones that contain prednisone can cause thrush to develop. Your dental professional can help to teach you how to rinse your mouth to prevent this from happening.

Advanced Gum Disease 

When you develop gingivitis, blood rushes to the inflamed portions of the gums. And, when the gums are disturbed by dental floss, they bleed and become sore. Over time, as the gingivitis advances into gum disease, the soft tissues of the mouth become damaged and diseased to the point that blood flow is reduced. When this happens, your gums will begin to recede and oftentimes the edges will turn white.

If you see that your gums are white or a pale pink color, then speak with your dentist about ways that tissues can be treated. Stimulation techniques as well as advanced cleanings are good options to assist you. Also, you will learn about the best way to brush and floss at home to prevent future bouts of gum disease.

Keep in mind that in some cases, your gums will be so thin and damaged that grafting may be necessary. However, the treatment will help to save your teeth from future losses.

To learn more about possible dental issues, reach out to a local dentist.


9 June 2020

To Tell the Tooth: A Dental Blog

Do you care for your teeth like you should? Most people brush their teeth, but so many people rush through this process and are not as careful as they should be. Still others avoid flossing. A lack of dental care over the years can lead to increased decay. Thankfully, we have dentists who can treat decay with fillings, crowns, and in some cases, root canals. Dentists also provide preventative care. They can clean your teeth and use things like fluoride treatments to strengthen your enamel. The more you know about dental care, the better you'll be able to care for your mouth, so feel free to read some of the articles on this website.