Need to Know: White Spots on the Gums
Common reasons for white patches appearing on the gums include mouth ulcers and oral thrush, caused by a Candida infection. However, some conditions with similar symptoms are more serious so it’s best to see your dentist if you notice white patches.
A few tips to prevent these white spots:
– Avoid brushing or rinsing with products that contain sodium lauryl sulfate.
– Avoid irritating mouth tissue by brushing gently with a soft-bristled brush.
– Avoid smoking or consuming any tobacco products.
– Limit sugar, salt and alcohol.
Early treatment of any dental issue is recommended. Regular checkups by a dentist will ensure your oral health is monitored effectively.
“The white spots may be accompanied by other symptoms such as pain or discomfort.”
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Dr. Fraser Hendrie BDS (Glasg.) MFGDP (UK)
Fraser is a Glasgow graduate with over 20 years of experience. He is the one of the principal dentists at Craigentinny Dental Care in Edinburgh. He has a reputation for consistent, high quality work and a love of innovation. Many of Dr Hendrie’s patients travel from the far reaches of Scotland, the UK and beyond. So wherever you live from Portobello or around Edinburgh to further afield he will be pleased to meet you. He is a member of the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association, British Dental Association, the Association of Dental Implantology, and has studied at the Pankey Institute in Miami on several occasions. Fraser has particular interests in Dental Implantology, Preventive dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry and information technology. Fraser has also been admitted to the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners by examination. Fraser is married with two young children and lives in Edinburgh. In his free time he enjoys running, cycling, and kite-surfing.