How Do You Get Rid Of White Gums?

The gums are an epithelium which protects our teeth from the different pathogens that are found in the mouth. The color of them is a clear indicator of our oral health or the existence of other systemic diseases.

How Do You Get Rid Of White Gums?

How Do You Get Rid Of White Gums?

In this article, we will discuss what are the symptoms related to white gums and the ideal treatment to address each case according to the cause.

Accumulation Of Bacterial Plaque

White spots on gums can be caused because of bacterial plaque and in order to get rid of plaque proper oral hygiene habits are recommended. In order to prevent white spots on the gums by the accumulation of bacterial plaque, it is necessary to acquire good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing teeth after meals, flossing, and mouthwash. In addition to this, you must go to the dentist on a regular basis for proper dental cleaning.

Canker Sores

Mostly the canker sores disappear spontaneously in a few days, but if they persist after 2 weeks you should consult the doctor. It is recommended to use anesthetic mouthwash to reduce discomfort or make a homemade mouthwash with water and a little salt. Also, avoid the consumption of very hot foods or drinks, as well as flavors that are too salty, spicy or acidic.

Oral Candidiasis

The main symptom of this condition is the appearance of whitish and prominent plaques or portions that initially appear on the inside of the cheeks and tongue, later extending to the gums, the lateral and superior areas of the mouth and the mouth throat. In addition, these are usually accompanied by odynophagia (pain when swallowing), dry mouth and possible bleeding when the lesions are manipulated or scraped. It is advisable to go to the doctor to treat oral candidiasis through antifungal drugs and also take care of oral hygiene.

Lichen Planus Oral

The lesions observed in this pathology can be located both on the tongue and on the inside of the cheeks and gums. They are bluish-white and form a kind of lace-like lines. In some cases they produce very painful ulcers and may be accompanied by a metallic taste in the mouth and dry mouth. To treat oral lichen planus are very useful antihistamine drugs, mouth rinses with lidocaine, oral corticosteroids, oral vitamin A, among others.


When the gums look whitish, pale and bleed easily, it can be a manifestation of preexisting anemia. The anemia is due to a decrease in the number of red blood cells circulating in the blood. It is necessary to go to the doctor in order to start the specific treatment for each case, as this will depend on the cause and the state of health in which the patient is.

Mouth Cancer

Finally, another possible cause of white gums may be the presence of oral or oral cancer, although this does not always manifest with visible symptoms, so it is very important to have regular dental and medical check-ups. This is a type of cancer that usually involves the health of the lips and the tongue however it can also affect other areas such as the inside of the cheeks, gums and palate. The appropriate chemotherapy treatment will depend on the definitive diagnosis.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:March 26, 2019

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