Many times we’ll see this in our patients when they come in for their check-ups. The clinical appearance is that the lining of the cheek appears to be sloughing off. The most common cause appears to be a correlation with a new toothpaste that they are using. I have found most of the time it is a toothpaste that features tartar control as one of the benefits of using this particular toothpaste. There are many brands available. But there appears to be a correlation with sloughing of the tissue and tartar control toothpaste. This does not happen to everyone. Some patients, like myself, are just sensitive to the chemicals in the tartar control toothpaste.
So the first thing to check if you are having “shedding on the inside of the mouth” is to ask yourself the question ‘did I recently change toothpaste?’ and ‘am I using a tartar control toothpaste?’
Happy brushing and flossing!
Dr. Joe Ferrini