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Causes of White Spots on Gums

White spots on the gums could be caused by something as simple as failing to brush your teeth properly. In most cases these white spots or patches will quickly disappear or can be easily treated by a dentist. However, if the spots fail to clear up after a few days they could be indicative of a more serious underlying health problem.

These more serious conditions include:

– Leukoplakia – mostly benign patches caused by smoking and tobacco

– Canker sores – mouth ulcers

– Oral cancer

– Oral thrush – an infection caused by the Candida fungus.

In the case of oral thrush, it may be necessary to consult a doctor who may prescribe an antifungal medication to cure the condition. Persistent white spots or patches on the gums should be seen to by a dentist and you can find out more at


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