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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
My gum being white
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?
It can be due to trauma from chewing (mainly hyperkeratinization). However, it needs to be evaluated clinically and histologically for a differential diagnosis.
Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University