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Gum Diseases

White gums

08/18/2006

Question:

what can cause white gums? my daughter`s saids that she might have cancer. are there other reasons for white gums?

Answer:

Yes, for instance, candida (fungal) infections may cause a similar appearance.  Also, heavy smokers may have whiter gums since smoking will increase keratinization. 

Your daughter still needs to see a dentist and may need to have a biopsy taken from her oral cavity for correct diagnosis.

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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