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Gum roughness

12/15/2008

Question:

About 2 months ago, the outside surface of my gums seemingly overnight, became rough when touched with my tongue or finger. They aren`t sore; aren`t bleeding;not swollen. I thought perhaps it was a sudden allergy so I cut out the one thing I consume daily, coffee but after a week, there wasn`t any change. What could this be?

Answer:

You may be experiencing dry mouth at night (not enough saliva to keep your oral mucosa wet). If you are taking any medications, check their side effects. Some medications may cause decreased saliva flow.

If this problem continues, I recommend that you see a periodontist first. He/she may refer you to a dermatologist because most similar problems are also related to mucocutaneous diseases that affect skin.

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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