What Can Cause White Patches on Your Gums?

teeth, health, smile, dentist, dentalhealth , oralhealthThere are several reasons why white spots may develop within your mouth. Although these might not directly impact your teeth, it is still important to receive a diagnosis from a dentist. What are three potential causes of these lesions?

– Many are the result of canker sores (these should normally clear up within two weeks).

– Stress or a compromised immune system can also lead to white sores.

– Oral thrush is related to a Candida infection.

– Oral cancer can also cause white patches.

Talk to your dentist about white patches to get a correct diagnosis, as some conditions can be serious.

“The white spots may be accompanied by other symptoms such as pain or discomfort.”

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