Taking care of your teeth and gums is important for your general health since it can lower your risk of developing conditions like endocarditis and cardiovascular disease.
In addition to revealing information about your general health, your oral condition can sometimes serve as the first indicator of a more serious underlying medical issue.
Tiny ulcers that might be yellow or white in colour and have a red border are known as canker sores. Acidic foods and drinks, such as wine or citrus fruit, can cause them to burn or sting painfully.
This happens when an overgrowth of Candida fungus accumulates in the mouth. This can cause creamy white or yellow spots to appear on the gums, cheeks, tongue, or roof of your mouth.
Oral lichen planus inflames oral mucous membranes. It can create painful white, lacy areas on the tongue and gums.
Leukoplakia causes white or grey areas on the gums, tongue, and cheeks. These patches may harden and become unremovable.
Pregnancy hormones might create white spots or pimples on gums. These are normally harmless, but Shaw recommends having a dentist check them out.