How to Eliminate It
After you brush your teeth, you may have noticed white mucus-like substance on your teeth and gums. While most people tend not to pay much attention to it, you really should. The substance indicates that there is a problem and you need to make a change.
The Cause of the MucusThe solution that most people practice when they see this white film is to simply rinse their mouth out with water and forget it. It usually helps remove much of it – but it does not solve the underlying problem. Others may brush it off their tongue, cheeks, gums, and teeth with their toothbrush.
Although a toothbrush or other method of scraping can remove the white substance, you still have the same problem. It will continue.
The Source of the SlimeThe source of the problem is the toothpaste. The inside of your mouth is reacting to one or more of the chemicals in the toothpaste. Apparently, they are too strong for some people.
What is happening is that the chemicals are actually burning the outer layer of tissue on the inside of your mouth. The burned tissue will then fall off and collect into the globs you see. You will usually start to see the globs about 10 minutes after you brush your teeth, but it could take up to an hour.
Another cause could be the mouthwash you are using. If you leave it in your mouth longer, you will probably see more of the slime.
You may also see flecks of stuff when you spit out the mouthwash into the sink. It may be a combination of skin cells and food debris from your gum line.
Eliminating the White DischargeThe solution is to change the toothpaste you are using. Get one that does not have the strong chemicals in it for teeth whitening. Also be sure that it does not contain hydrogen peroxide. By changing the toothpaste, it will let the lining of your mouth heal and you should stop seeing the discharge.
Get Expert Teeth WhiteningIf you really want white teeth, you can get them really white by going to a dentist for it. The store-bought products will usually only whiten your teeth one or two shades, and it will likely take a week or two to do it. The dentist can use stronger chemicals than you can buy at the store and can keep it off your gums, too. The fastest way to get white teeth is to get laser teeth whitening. This process can whiten those pearly whites up to five or six shades brighter in just one appointment.
Sores in Your MouthAlthough you do not need to go to a dentist for the white discharge in your mouth, there are other things that may occur that you should see a dentist about. It is not unusual for sores to develop in your mouth.
While most sores are not a problem, you do want to see a dentist if a sore does not heal for two to three weeks. This is because it could be an early indication of oral cancer. You should see a dentist quickly to eliminate that possibility. Dentists are trained to be able to recognize the early stages of cancer in your mouth and throat.
It is important because this type of cancer normally spreads fast, due to all the blood vessels in your neck and throat. Another sign of mouth cancer is a red or white area in your mouth or a lump on your jaw or neck.
Treatment for Gum DiseaseIf you are wondering about the health of your teeth and gums, you may also want to take a good look at your gums. If they bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, and if there is a red or inflamed area on your gums, you have early-stage gum disease – called gingivitis. If that is the only symptoms you see, then you can probably remove it by brushing twice a day and flossing.
If you continue to have poor oral care, mild gum disease may become periodontitis. If that happens, your teeth could become loose and they may even fall out. Periodontitis also helps to cause potentially severe health problems such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, heart attacks, and more.
Making Regular Dental AppointmentsFor the health of your teeth, gums, and mouth, it is a good idea to make regular visits to the dentist. Problems can be spotted early and treated. Waiting longer will often mean that it will cost more for the treatment you need. Children's teeth can be better protected with fluoride treatments and special coatings.
The condition of your teeth and gums likely indicate your risk level for cardiovascular disease. If you know that your oral health needs help, and you want to lower your risk of heart disease, Dr. Kumar T. Vadivel, DDS, FDS RCS, MS, a Board Certified Periodontist, can help you. He provides gum disease treatment in his dental offices in the Carrollton, TX, and Grapevine, TX areas. For a consultation or dental checkup, you can contact his office today at (817) 756-8578.