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Gum Diseases

White spots on gums

05/30/2006

Question:

I have white spots on my bottom gums do you know what causes that.

Answer:

They may be due to several reasons:

- Hyperkeratinization - meaning extra keratin layer released by most superficial cell layers of oral mucosa (can be seen more often in smokers)

- Extra bone thickness and soft tissue being thinner in these areas.

- Soft tissue rich in fat.

- Lesions forming due to fungal infections.

It is very hard for me to diagnose it without seeing you.  If this is a new thing that you noticed recently, I recommend you visit a dentist to have a check-up.

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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