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Gum Diseases

My gum being white

03/15/2006

Question:

I just vistied the dentist and on the upper left side of my mouth I have no teeth, they were extracted years ago. That area of the gums is white. I have been chewing on my gums for years. Would that cause it to be white?

Answer:

It can be due to trauma from chewing (mainly hyperkeratinization).  However, it needs to be evaluated clinically and histologically for a differential diagnosis.

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Response by:

Binnaz   Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University