I have had many patients over the past couple of years coming in with stringy dead skin peeling from their cheeks and inside their mouth. Today a patient was nice enough to allow a picture so that I could share with everyone the reason this is happening.
This picture shows the cheek of a patient that is having an mild allergy to their toothpaste. Some patients have a mild allergy to whitening toothpastes like Rembrant Deeply White, Colgate Optic White, while others are allergic to the Crest Pro Health formula. If you have used one of these products and experienced this phenomenon you will know exactly what I am describing. If you have not experienced this you are not to worry these are great products that helps a lot of people. What you will see and feel in your mouth is a stringy substance that looks and feels like slimy long pieces of soft white skin. It feels like the skin of your cheeks is peeling a little. This should not hurt but is somewhat annoying.
What you should do is discontinue the use of the toothpaste you are using. After 7-10 days you should notice an improvement in the condition which can be categorized as sloughing of the cheek. Please continue to use a toothpaste with fluoride to help strengthen and protect against cavities. I know a lot of people quickly run toward the organic type toothpastes for fear that this may happen with all over the counter toothpastes. You should not experience this cheek peeling in the mouth from most other toothpaste products.
If this has happened to you it would help other to share your description and experience below.
Dr. Sam Weisz