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Dental and Oral Health (Adults)

Sloughing Off off Skin in My Mouth

06/11/2010

Question:

I have persistent sloughing off of the skin (mucous membrane) on the inside of my mouth. It is almost a daily occurrence. Is this a problem? I drink alcohol frequently (mostly red wine)...Could it possibly be caused by that?

Answer:

Your condition is probably not due to alcohol intake. A very small amount of daily sloughing may be normal, but a large amount should be checked by your local dentist first and then possibly an oral pathologist second.

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Response by:

David Lee Hall, DDS David Lee Hall, DDS
Clinical Associate Professor of Primary Care
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University