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Tissue sloughing in mouth

(51 Posts)
twolittleboysonetiredmum Sat 24-Jun-17 22:09:45

I've only come across the official term for what's happening in my mouth on google, so I hope it's correct! Basically at the bottom of the mouth, on both sides, my mouth has lots of peely skin that I fuss at with my tongue. It's been like this for a few mths. It's not painful in any way - it's much like when you've burned your mouth but without the sore bit. As it's not uncomfortable/red etc I haven't really thought about it much. But should I get it checked out? What could be causing it?

millifiori Sat 24-Jun-17 22:15:57

In my experience this happens when the skin inside your mouth reacts to one of the chemicals in your toothpaste. It happens to me really badly if I use Colgate but not if I use a certain version of Aquafresh. It happens to DS with all normal toothpastes so he has to use an incredibly expensive version of Sensodyne.
Try switching brands. I hate that feeling.

FastWomanStanding Sat 24-Jun-17 22:18:03

Same here if I use any toothpaste with 'stannous fluoride' in it - for example Oral B - I can literally pull strings of skin out of my mouth. Horrendous.

twolittleboysonetiredmum Sat 24-Jun-17 22:18:30

I haven't changed brands recently tho? I'm a bit stuck with changing as I have to use sensodyne as have incredibly sensitive teeth as have bad gum recession so not sure what I could change to. It's strange isn't it, could I get it without having changed?

twolittleboysonetiredmum Sat 24-Jun-17 22:20:01

I'll look for that ingredient on it when I get upstairs. There must be other sensitive paste brands to try

FastWomanStanding Sat 24-Jun-17 22:24:17

Yes I think you can develop a sensitivity over time, Colgate Total works for me.

millifiori Sat 24-Jun-17 22:27:24

OP they may have changed the chemical mix in the toothpaste without you noticing. But sounds like it's different for everyone. Colgate is the worst for me, but Fast is fine with it. I'm fine with Aquafresh but DS isn't.

SleightOfHand Sat 24-Jun-17 22:31:01

Holland and Barrett do a fluoride free toothpaste, Kingfisher is the make, I find it nice and mild, it has a fennel flavour.

Mrsmorton Sat 24-Jun-17 22:42:00

If you want to use fluoride free toothpaste, you may as well use nothing. Just saying...

SleightOfHand Sat 24-Jun-17 23:13:53

I'd have a read up on fluoride if I were you Mrs

FriedPisces Sat 24-Jun-17 23:17:02

I had this a couple of years ago. Saw two dentists and they couldn't find anything wrong. Can't remember changing toothpaste brands but it's possible. It cleared up on its own after about 6-9 months. (Or I might have changed brands again I guess...)

DrMadelineMaxwell Sat 24-Jun-17 23:19:57

Do you eat a healthy diet, OP? I'm sure you probably do, and the toothpaste theory sounds likely, but your description just reminded me of descriptions of people with scurvey!

TheFlyingFauxPas Sat 24-Jun-17 23:24:53

I get this if I use a whitening toothpaste. I find the usual cheap cavities control white Colgate works for me. Also used to be v sensitive. Also receeding gums but no stringiness with this one!

twolittleboysonetiredmum Sun 25-Jun-17 06:55:03

😂I really hope it's not scurvy!! I do eat healthily so probably not. I'll try a new brand and hope for the best, thanks

SloanePeterson Sun 25-Jun-17 07:10:51

This happens to me if I eat strawberries or fresh pineapple. I assume it's some kind of allergy. Most years I forget when the new crop of strawberries comes into shops hmm

PossumInAPearTree Sun 25-Jun-17 07:42:26

Dd gets this, she says her mouth feels dry. I googled and google suggested chewing gum more which seems to help, there's also some mouth gel you can buy but I haven't yet. But with Dd it seems to be a dry mouth that's the cause.

millifiori Sun 25-Jun-17 08:34:33

Sleight a friend of mine who has the same problem uses the Kingfisher toothpaste too. She says it works when everything else has failed.

OohAahBird Sun 25-Jun-17 08:44:40

This happens to me, i am allergic to something in some toothpastes, it happens as soon as i clean my teeth with certain makes, it comes off in one large section within a few hours, its a pain as as soon as i find one that is ok they change the formula!

itishardwhenyoudont Sun 25-Jun-17 08:50:05

It is an allergic reaction. As others said commonly to toothpaste. I can't use whitening toothpastes otherwise this sloughing happens constantly. It is annoying and a bit gross!!

Maybe sensodyne have reformulated their toothpaste - using cheaper ingredients maybe?

Change of mouthwash? Eating lots of fuzzy sweets? (Understand most adults don't this this as I do!)

It wouldn't hurt to visit the dentist and get them to check your oral health. Sometimes the body can get stuck in a reactive cycle even when the stimulus is removed. I damaged the palm of my hand with very harsh cleaning fluid once. It shed skin for years. Steroid cream stopped it but once stopped the shedding would start again.

itishardwhenyoudont Sun 25-Jun-17 08:51:06

I can use all toothpastes so long as they don't have whitening additives in them.

Hulder Sun 25-Jun-17 08:54:05

It may be due to the SLS in the toothpaste - it's the ingredient that makes the toothpaste foam.

It's also the same ingredient that makes shampoo, shower gel and washing up liquid foam - which kind of puts you off putting it in your mouth. It is notorious for causing ezcema and dry skin so not surprising it would irritate the inside too.

You can get dry mouth toothpastes like Biotene that don't contain it - most pharmacies will sell them.

I would get it checked out by your dentist and try swapping toothpaste.

Auriga Sun 25-Jun-17 08:54:53

Worth going to the dentist. There's a benign condition called lichen planus that can cause this. The ingredient in toothpaste that often causes problems is sodium lauryl sulphate. There are lots of SLS free brands.

Mrsmorton Sun 25-Jun-17 10:20:28

@SleightOfHand yeah thanks. Actually did a fair bit of that whilst I was doing my degree in dentistry and the odd catch up since in over a decade of practice. I'll bear your expertise in mind tho.

OP I agree with others, you may want to try some SLS free toothpastes, sensodybe definitely do them. Your dentist can also prescribe one which is SLS free and good for sensitivity.

twolittleboysonetiredmum Sun 25-Jun-17 11:28:25

That's interesting re the SLS as I get terrible dry skin from liquid hand washes and shower gel so it would make sense. The only problem with getting the dentist to look at it is the chance of getting an appt are slim! I have one pre booked for numbing pre hygienist in august so could ask then? In the meantime I'll look for sls free toothpaste and see if that helps.
I don't eat sweets or much fruit really. My teeth are not great so I try to avoid sugar where possible

DarkLikeVader Sun 25-Jun-17 11:30:04

I get this when I use listerine if that helps you narrow it down OP?

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