Why does the tissue in my mouth shed?
September 15, 2011 3:12 PM Subscribe
The epithelial tissue in my mouth sheds itself daily. Up until today I had no idea that this was abnormal.
posted by stray to Health & Fitness (32 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So the dentist today at my checkup noticed what he deemed to be 'chemical burns' in my mouth - the epithelial tissue up in the pockets above and below my gums was whitish, and could be easily sloughed off.
He said it wasn't something to be overly alarmed about, but that it's causing some tissue damage. He seemed a bit weirded out by it.
I don't do anything with my mouth that could cause a chemical burn - no smoking, nothing particularly abnormal with my diet.
In fact, I thought it was totally normal to shed bits of white tissue from my cheeks on a daily basis, as it's been happening to me since I was a child. Generally I notice it in the morning, the bits come off as I rub my cheeks with my tongue, and I either spit them out or swallow them (we're not talking about a huge amount here, maybe a 2-3 square centimeters of really thin tissue)
I'm going to try switching to a natural toothpaste and rinsing more thoroughly, in case it's an allergy to toothpaste/mouthwash, but I thought I'd post a question in case anyone has dealt with this before, or has any ideas.