The Reason That Cheeks Peel in Your Mouth

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
http://libertyvilledental.com

Dr. Sam Weisz is a dentist practicing in Libertyville, IL. He is considered the online dentist for people on the web. He has helped over a million people with their dental problems and questions through his videos and blog.

Posted in Lake County Dentist, Libertyville Dentist
  • RAH

    You hit the nail, doctor! I have this problem and many sites just wrote lots of blah blah blah that got me worried that it could possibly be cancer. You mentioned Crest pro-health and I am using that, and solved my problem without needlessly worrying about cancer.

    Thanks doctor for taking the time to write this article. You helped me immensely.

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      Glad it helped. I had a feeling people would need this information. I have a lot of patients that are surprised when I ask them if they use Pro Health.

  • Danaa

    Can anytoothpaste do this?

  • Lashay

    I work at a dentist office, I also had the same problem with this certain toothpaste. But I spoke with my boss and she said the same thing. I have stopped using this particular brand.

  • Will

    I am a 15 year old male. I am not using Crest pro health, but am using pepsodent. I was at a friends house when using it. That night, after using it in the morning, my mouth started to peal whilst eating. I thought it was food sticking to my mouth, so I peeled it off. I then noticed there was a lot of it. So I went into the bathroom to take a look. I saw around the area I had peeled it, it was red, and looking a little bloody and inflamed. I have never smoked, and I haven’t used crest pro-health. I am rather nervous as to what this is.

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      Monitor this to make sure it heals.

  • Brit

    I’ve been using Crest Pro Health for as long as I can remember and this started happening to me a few days ago! It has peeled so much that it is now raw and sore. I’m assuming this is what has happened. I’m going to try a new toothpaste and hope it heals. Thank you!

  • Nancy Heather Chatten

    Hello Dr.Weisz. I have peeling inside my cheeks and mouth. It is excessive and very annoying. I also have a geographic tongue which had worsened sice I first noticed this in March 2013. I have been on a strict diet which only allows me to drink Optifast shakes which I started around the same time. I did use Crest Proenamel toothpaste but discontinued it a week ago. I do have Biotene toothpaste and mouthwadh but my hygienist recommend Sensodene with Whitening. My mouth is worse now. It is nota fungal infection as I am taking an antifungal medication, Lamisil. My doctor said it is dry mouth but it wasn’t peelong then. The white stringy stuff is so bad at times it makes me choke and cough. I am diabetic and am on a lot of meds. I am 67 years old and I think this may be caused by drinking too much tea. I know tea has tannic acid and I switched to a strong English black tea a while ago and think that might be the problem. Is that a possibility? I am really tired of this and would like to feel normal again. Thanks

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      I would discontinue the tea and see if that will help. There are so many factors at play, in may just be trial and error to eliminate them and see if they may be a contributing cause.

  • Chris

    I found it happens to me with any whitening toothpaste. It is getting harder and harder to find a toothpaste that doesn’t have the whitening. I just started using the Crest Pro and didn’t realize it had the whitening until after I used it and the peeling started again.

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      Good to know Chris.

      • aprilmraz

        Same here. I’ve used good old Colgate paste for years. If I travel and have to use any other toothpaste (always with whitening agents), my mouth peels mercilessly. If I go back to non-whitening Colgate, all is well. I don’t think it’s the Colgate per se, it’s just the lack of whitening agent. Interestingly, whitening mouth rinses do not cause this reaction in me.

  • Allison

    WOW! I am so glad I finally searched why this was happening to me. I thought maybe I was having an excessive release of dead skin old toothpastes weren’t taking care of but… WOW! I will be switching toothpastes immediately!!! What would be recommended because I’ve been having dry mouth as well….

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      Try colgate, sensodyne, or a different type of crest that is not in the pro health family.

      • Allison

        I was using crest complete so I’ll try one of the others.

  • Amanda Ritchie

    I’m useing the same toothpast and I need to know what toothpast should I is that wont make this happen anymore please help

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      Chances are you will not be allergic to any of the other name brand products. You can try colgate, sensodyne, or non pro health crest toothpastes.

  • Kevin

    Is it just this toothpaste? I generally take good care of my teeth and use Crest 3D White and this started happening to me. Should I look at other factors before I switch toothpaste, or is it possible it is my toothpaste?

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      If this started soon after switching toothpastes it may be the cause if you have used for years and now is occuring most likely it is another factor

  • Danny

    For the record, I use Sensodyne exclusively, because of sensitive teeth. I still experience the sloughing, but I may have found a cure for this problem. I’m in my late thirties. I have been biting my inner cheek, the surface skin cells not the flesh, since I was about 20 years old. I am not a nervous person and rarely get stressed. I bite because there is a build up of cells on the inner cheek which is slightly sticky and satisfying to clamp between my molars and premolars. It can get really ‘fluffy’ and intrusive. I can get jaw ache if I do it a lot, eg on a long plane journey. Ultimately, it annoys me and my mouth can feel really furry. This must surely impact on breath freshness and confidence in kissing. I asked my dentist about this. He didn’t care. I asked my doctor who referred me to an ENT specialist who said… wait for it… I’m a cheek biter. Gee, thanks. I am convinced that it is a fungus of some kind. This is why. Once I went to Zimbabwe for 10 days. I had to take Doxycyclin for malaria prevention. During the course of medicine I noticed that my cheeks were perfectly clear. It was a miracle. I finished the course and the sticky cells eventually returned. So, I got some more pills and decided to apply the powder from one capsule, to both insides of my mouth before sleep using my tooth brush. It tastes awful. 36-48 hrs later the cells are almost gone. I often do this for two evenings before sleep and the cells clear up and can be gone for a month, maybe more. I have done this enough times for it not to be a coincidence.
    My doctor didn’t seem to have a problem with this use of the drug. Two tablets once a month is not a problem. If it controls the issue then the Dr was happy. He was not interested in why it might be effective or what the skin cell build up was really about. I happened to change doctors a few years later and this current one thinks I should not do this as it is not a prescribed method of application. Whatever. I can get totally clear inner cheeks and it feels great. I will continue.
    Check with your doctor first etc etc, before taking any medicine. I’d be interested to hear from anyone with the same problem who is helped by doxycyclin.
    Wiki pages like this one http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morsicatio_buccarum. indicate a cellular deficiency rather than simply a result of biting. Doxy doesn’t figure on the treatment suggestions. If anyone can explain why Doxy seems to work, I would be interested to understand this more.

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      Sorry Danny this one is out of my expertise.

  • Tina Bajoie

    I just started using a Listerine Total Care mouthwash and this happened to me. I don’t have any insurance so I can’t go see a dentist at this point to take care of my teeth properly, but I do try to maintain proper oral hygiene by brushing and flossing but I wanted to step it up with a total care toothpaste for the enamel strengthening and anti cavity properties and I would like to know, can or will this cheek peeling go away over time? I would be willing to deal with this if it is temporary in order to receive the long term benefits.

    • Karen Fish

      I noticed this happening since beginning the Listerine Total Care mouthwash as well. I’ve used the Crest Pro Health for a few years, and really haven’t noticed it like I do with the Listerine.

      • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

        Thanks Karen, everyone seems to have a little different reaction to some pastes. That is why I usually recommend finding one that works for you and sticking with it.

  • Gina Russo

    I also have this problem but I’ve been using colgate optic white toothpaste….but I’ve used colgate toothpaste my whole life and never had a an issue should I switch to another brand or is there a second solution.?

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      Not sure about the optic white but it might be worth a try to change and see. If it doesn’t improve within a week I would get it checked out.

  • Sheila

    Dr. Weisz you are my hero!!! I had been having this peeling for a few months and just decided to research it. When you mentioned Crest Pro Health a lightbulb went off. I recently switched to Crest Pro Health (with sensitive enamel shield) at the recommendation of my dentist at my last visit because I had been having some sensitivity in my gums. I thought it was due to the lemon juice that I like to put in my water to help me drink more. Thank you soooooo very much for your compassion to your craft and for helping others that you posted this. If you were in NC, I’d start coming to you!!!!

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      Sheila, thank you for the kind reply. I’m glad I can help. Happy to give back a little to those who can’t or don’t have a dentist. And of course I always welcome referrals :)

  • Kelly Gleason

    This “peeling” has happened to me all my life. I remember my parents telling me to “stop biting my cheeks”. I sometimes scrape it out with my fingernail because its so annoying. Please help!

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      Are you biting your cheeks? If so the cheek biting is surely the cause.

  • Chris

    I’m so happy i found this. I was starting to get pretty worried about the skin peeling from my gums and cheeks. I’ve been using Arm and Hammer Sensitive Multi-Protection toothpaste. Sounds like this is another one to watch out for.

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      Thanks for adding to the list, did it improve after switching or was it not the toothpaste?

      • Chris

        Yes and very quickly.

  • sam

    I have been using colgate duraphet toothpaste due to having crohn’s disease and steroids making my teeth fall apart. i have been using it for over a year but yesterday woke up with skin in my mouth, again today it is peeling. any suggestions as i cannot change toothpaste? Thanks Sam

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      Sounds like in your case it may not be the toothpaste. If you have been using it for a year and this just occured could be something else.

  • brit

    Hello and thank you for the information!
    I just purchased crest pro health and I love it. It leaves my mouth feeling so clean and i love the crunchy texture it leaves behind. I also love the overall benefits that it offers as a permanant retainer left me at a risk for gingivitis. I have tried all types of toothpaste and this is my favorite. The problem… I have had my mouth peel in this same manner many times over the years and thought it was something that happened to everyone. I have had it for about 5 days straight since i started using my new favorite tooth paste. My problem is that I do not want to give it up! Any alternatives with the amazing freshness and crystaly texture that will give my gums a nice deep clean? Thanks for this post as I was starting to wonder why this has happened on and off for years.

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      I’m not sure if the peeling is something you should be worried about, if you like the toothpaste and don’t mind this side effect it may be possible to keep your loved pro health. Many people love pro health including myself but I’m not sure I would stick with it if it is causing irritation. Go with trial an error for your next toothpaste purchase.

      • brit

        Arm & Hammer Multi-Brand – PeroxiCare™ Healthygums

        I switched to that brand and no issues :) THANKS!

  • Karrina Chiusa

    LOL IM NOT THE ONLY ONE! But wait what exactly in the tooth past was I allergic to?

  • melinda watkins

    This has been happening to me for months. We switched to Crest Pro Health and I like the toothpaste but my cheeks did start peeling not long after the switch. I have a lot of dental issues and was pretty certain I had a disease or something. I am so glad I found this article. I will be switching back to my old toothpaste ASAP!

  • Paige

    i use crest extra whitening most times, and sometimes for extra clean rembrandt intense stain. but i get peeling every now and then regardless of which toothpaste. and i havent gotten it until the age i am now 18-19 yrs old. is this truly the cause?

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      not necessarily the cause, just a possible cause for some people.

  • Sierra McDaniel

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS!! I thought there was something seriously wrong with me!! **phew!!** I was using the Crest 3D White LUXE toothpaste. Never again!! Lol

  • jeanblake80

    I’ve been having this happen for like 2 years. What happens if I don’t change? Does it do any real damage? I’ll check with the dentist in Victoria BC.

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      Not sure if they have any studies on long term. Good luck

  • Paige

    This really can’t be the cause, because so many others like me below are peeling regardless of the toothpaste. I nevertheless got Colgate for sensitive teeth and gums, just in case..

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      There are many causes to this peeling, not just toothpastes, this is an article written for those who seem to be allergic to certain toothpastes. The major cause of peeling in the mouth is still clenching, grinding, or nervous habit which all mechanically peel the oral tissues.

  • PA

    I have skin that peels and bunches (for lack of a better word) I can scrap the skin – raw under the skin peeling off – off but it is not sheets like you show above. It is tiny pieces of skin. I started taking benidril and it started to go away. I am using Tom’s of Maine Antiplaque and Whitening Toothpaste Spearmint. Same thing? Or Not? the Doc looked at me and said I have no clue. Gave me magic mouth wash to use.

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      could it be cheek biting? Do you grind or clench at night? Nervous habit of some sort on that side of the mouth?

  • Brian

    I recently started using Crest Pro Health because of its higher fluoride content than other toothpastes I saw. About a day after the first use I started to notice the skin peeling as described in the article. It’s great to find out what caused this! However, I haven’t had much irritation while using the toothpaste. For about 30 minutes after brushing, there is a slight feeling of irritation in certain areas of my mouth, but after that everything is fine. I would like to continue to use the product because of all the benefits, so would I be safe to do so at least until the toothpaste runs out?

    Thanks for the answers and the help!

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      All the research on Crest is great and I just want you and others to be informed of what this peeling is. According to crest there is no harmful effect of this peeling if that helps.

  • Debbie Jones

    Dr. Weisz, Thank you for this website! I am 50 yrs old, recently diagnosed with diabetes. I have bitten my cheeks for years, but my cheeks are worse than ever. Now my gums are also peeling. I also scrape lots of gunk off my tongue every night. At first, I thought it was a new toothpaste, so I stopped using the new paste. For the past 10 years I have only used Crest regular paste. Two years ago I had cervical fusion and must’ve bit my tongue really bad during surgery. Half of my tongue was purple with bruising. Afterwards I had geographic tongue, which went away after nystatin lozenges 5xday. (May have been misdiagnosed since I have been told that Geographic tongue doesn’t go away.) Since August 2013 my tongue has gotten so big that I have friction lines on each side of my tongue. Now I can’t even use Crest regular paste. So, for 2 months I brushed without any toothpaste, but felt I had bad breath all the time. The sloughing did improve quite a bit, but returned when started using mouthwash- Scope. Last week, I switched to Sensodyne, no improvement, went back to no toothpaste, but using dry mouth mouthwash. It’s only been 24 hrs, but it’s not getting better! I’m desperate to find a cure!

    Do you have any suggestions for a toothpaste and mouthwash? I feel that the sloughing may be moving into my sinuses and throat as well. Could it be an allergy to a certain food? Thank you for your time…

    Debbie

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      Hard to say without seeing you, but it doesn’t sound like a toothpaste issue to me. This sounds more medical related. I would have this checked out locally by either a dentist or ent.

  • Cindy

    Thank you so much! I have had this problem for so long and never even considered it might be my toothpaste. I will try one of the brands that you have suggested. Again, thank you :)

  • Catherine Householder

    I’m glad I searched for this as well. I had been putting up with this for months now, constantly trying to clear my mouth out of all the dead skin. Originally, I thought the problem was with me, but didn’t bother looking it up. Also, my family only uses Crest. I’ve never used a different brand, but it did start when my mother and I started getting me the whitening kind. Finally, I got fed up with it. All the skin peeling is leaving my cheeks and gums sore, and I’m scared to eat sometimes because I get even more peeling skin. It even hurts a bit to brush my teeth because of it. It sucks having to change toothpaste because I’ve never been able to handle my plaque this well. Are there other toothpastes that handle the plaque, but don’t have whatever it is that is causing this reaction?

  • Susan McLoughlin Pirog

    I have been having this problem since we changed to colgate but never realized it was an allergy! I’m so glad I finally researched it because it was so annoying and such a simple fix! Thank you for the helpful advice!

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      Did switching pastes help your problem?

  • Marissa Zavakos

    What’s the cause for tshi if I’m not using whitening toothpaste? I’m using Colgate and my entire mouth is peeling :(

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      Not sure? Do you use a mouthwash? I would switch up your products and see if it helps?

  • xemlacron

    I use Sensodyne with a whiting agent. The same thing happens to me except not on a daily bases.

  • Penny

    I just saw my GP and she told me to go see my dentist. She thought I might have geographical tongue. Your description is exactly what I have been experiencing but it only happens from April until July for the last 3 years. This year it showed up right before Christmas and I am still suffering with it.. I have used Arm and Hammer whitening toothpastes (they have several different kinds) for years and I’m wondering could I have just developed an allergy to them? Sounds like you recommend Crest? I’ve never used Crest before but I’m willing to give it a try to end this misery!

  • Belle Suson

    Hello Dr. Sam. Yes, I am experiencing these when I started using Parodontax toothpaste. It’s a gum care toothpaste which definitely works. I have a gum problem since I was 16, I mean my gums doesn’t attach to my teeth anymore. I can actually open my gums through toothpicks and even by my own fingernails. Parodontax is what my dentist advised me and it worked. It already came back to normal and now attached to my teeth and I feel it’s healthier now. But the problem is, it’s having a side effect to my cheeks wherein it peels just like on the picture above, but it never hurts anyway. My question is, should I continue using Parodontax? If the peeling continues, does it cause any harm to my mouth?

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      I am unsure of any long term harm. I do know that periodontal disease does cause lots of long term harm including links to heart disease, diabetes, and tooth loss. If the parodontax is working I would consult with your dentist to make sure you can stay on it.

  • CautiousInBoston

    Hi Dr. Weisz, I’ve found other sites with various recommendations and “diagnoses” about this symptom, and I was wondering what you might think of this comment below, which I actually found on Crest’s (ProHealth) website:

    “Since using Pro-Health toothpaste, I’ve noticed a “shedding” of the
    lining of my mouth. It is like a layer peels off each time I use it. My
    mouth feels cleaner than ever, but I’m not sure if this is normal?

    The film that you have noticed in your mouth is not
    unsafe and is a result of the natural process to remove dead cells from
    the skin surfaces in your mouth. The cleaning action of both Crest
    Pro-Health toothpaste and rinse can accelerate this process and often
    results in the skin coming off in sheets, making the removal of dead
    skin cells more noticeable.”

    Crest seems to suggest that this might be normal and is a beneficial effect of the toothpaste, but although I find the shedding annoying and a bit disgusting, as you mentioned it does not hurt and I rather like the good job that the toothpaste does otherwise. Do you think that it is HARMFUL for me to keep using the toothpaste since it seems I have this “allergy”?

    Thanks in advance for the help even though I’ve joined in to an older conversation!

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      I trust Crest and their explanation seems scientifically accurate, I have no personal research to suggest it is or is not harmful long term.

  • Patrice Bertulfo

    This happened days after I used colgate optic white :(

  • Sally

    I’ve had this problem forever. I didn’t know it might be as easy as trying a different toothpaste. For years I’ve been using Sensodyne Pro Enamel, per my dentists’ recommendation. I will definitely try something more generic. With fluoride. Thank you, Dr.

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      Please let us know if the change works.

  • dksalna

    I’ve noticed this same condition of peeling in my mouth since using the Pro Health toothpaste the last couple of weeks. I thought it was the Listerine I use every morning but after seeing this article it made total sense because of changing formulas since the store I was at didn’t carry the Crest Sensitive that I usually use. The last couple of days though I’ve noticed my salivary glands under my tongue are inflamed and sore, do you think this is related to using the Pro Health toothpaste too?

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      I wouldn’t think make sure that resolves in the next 10-14 days?

      • dksalna

        From Friday to Monday, it has actually improved dramatically since changing toothpaste’s. Thanks for your reply.

    • TB

      Lupus

  • Mario Slagle

    I use Tom’s of Maine organic toothpaste, but my inner cheek peels. Only on the left side though… the side I chew food on. Not sure what the significance of that is!

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      if it is a straight line on your cheek that is whitish it could be from chewing your cheek. Most people do this at night from grinding. I would look into that too?

  • Alexa1996

    I am using colgate sensitive multiprotection and this is happening to me. It does after and when i wake up, but its my cheeks and my lips. I also get really dry mouth. What should i do?

  • JoshuaPK

    This is a great resource! At my last visit, my dentist gave me some Colgate Prevident toothpaste. She also recommended that I start using a flouride mouthwash… so I got some “cavity fighting” Listerine.

    I notice that whenever I use either of the two, in about 45 minutes to an hour I get these white nasty stringy things all over my mouth. Sometimes there are so many of them I gag. I wondered what they were and this is a great explanation… I’m just going to have to remember to rinse thoroughly with water about 30 minutes after using either of these products.

  • Cheryl

    Hi doctor, I have this goey whitish stuff peeling off my lips and cheeks when I wake up and after I brush my teeth , I know it’s not from my toothpaste because I’ve already figured that out, Do you know what this could be?

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      not sure about this I would have to see it in person.

    • Jamesen

      I had this happen to me when I started using a strong whitening toothpaste. Any toothpaste I’ve tried ever since then has had the same affect, some toothpastes have stronger affects than others though.

      However, I recently used baby fluoride-free toothpaste (The kind that isn’t harmful to swallow) and I noticed a difference immediately. Within two days my mouth finally felt normal again.

  • Richard Dickinson

    How helpful, I recently switched to sensodyne and this is exactly what is happening but along with it my teeth have started hurting. The pain goes away during the day but comes back while I’m sleeping and wake up with painful teeth. I go to the dentist regular and have no cavities. I am going switch back to aquafresh. Thank you for your taking your time to post this.

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      Thanks Richard. It sounds like some of those symptoms could be those associated with clenching and grinding at night as well. Something to look into if it persists.

  • darlin249

    Another cause for the sloughing skin is “burning mouth syndrome.” I’ve been experiencing this now for several months. Tip of tongue with burning sensation, sometimes cheeks and teeth too. The “sloughing” of skin happens mostly inside my bottom lip. Research on the web suggests vitamin deficiency, but I’ve been taking megadoses of C and B2,B6,B12 and zinc (what is recommended on line) with no relief. There seems to be no known cause and suggests it could last years before going away!! Changing toothpastes has not helped either. It is not related to mouthwash (do not use) and have started no new medications to blame it on either. It is extremely annoying and sometimes entire mouth burns, with relief from sucking on ice. Some people posting here that also have not found relief switching toothpastes might want to research “burning mouth syndrome.” If anyone has dealt with this and found a solution, I would love to hear it.

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      Thanks you for sharing. Burning mouth can be very debilitating. I hope yiu have found relief and thanks for helping others on hear. I would love if you were interested in writing a guest post on your condition for other sufferers. Email me at drweisz@askmydentisttv.com

  • Sheila

    My problem started only two days ago when I had some $3.444. of dental work done. It seems where the dentist placed the gauze or product between the cheek and gum so he could work on 4 teeth #12, 13, 14 ,15 on my upper left side of my mouth caused bumps. Then it turned to blisters it felt like, then the peeling started moving toward the gum. Now the gum is peeling this is so very sore. My husband says it looks like white spot or spots. If I eat salad with vinegar I about go through the ceiling, unable to brush my teeth as it feels like you are brushing an open sore area. I am using ice packs on my cheek area and taking extra strength acetaminophen for the pain. I have been using “Natural White” Sensitive, whitening fluoride toothpaste for several years. I have crest toothpaste and I have switched to that, it’s 3:00am having trouble sleeping again and this is getting old after only a few days. Your thoughts are welcomed. Thank you.

  • Kyra Jones

    I have had sloughing of the cheek, for about 6 years now. My family doctor, dermatologist and ear nose throat specialist all said no clue what it is. My dentist said some people have an over sensitivity to ingredients in whitening toothpastes. Ive been brushing with Arm and Hammer Peroxicare: Healthy gums, with baking soda and peroxide for several years now, as its basically the only non-whitening toothpaste i can fine! ….And I STILL have it.
    Recently I have noticed peeling of my hands and feet, that looks a little like some of the pictures you can find of Hand, Foot Mouth Disease! But as I have had it for about 6 years, Im 28 now, and have not had a fever since high school…. then its highly unlikely that it is a viral infection like HFMD!
    I am so tired of daily brushing my teeth in pain from the open sores in my mouth. Do I have a sever case, could it be tied to something else? And should I try an organic toothpaste with out fluoride?

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      This sounds unrelated to the toothpaste. If you switch to another milder toothpaste and symptoms don’t improve with 14 days it is most likely something that should be checked out with dentist and physician

      • Kyra Jones

        Yes I have discussed and showed my primary care physician, as well as my dentist who said it was whitening tooth paste. But ive been using Arm and Hammer plain old tooth paste for nearly 2 years and still have sloughing! Should I try switching dentists?

  • Cat Elliott

    This happens top me when I use Listerine daily. If I use it only a couple times a week I’m fine. Never knew why.

  • Adam

    Whenever i use the Listerine mouthwash my skin starts peeling. The peeling only occurs whenever i use the mouthwash but it never happened with toothpastes. Does anyone have an idea what ingredient i am allergic to? Or what is a better brand of mouth wash to use?

    • Melissa

      I have the same exact problem with Listerine too. I bought a grocery store brand and the peeling didn’t happen again. I’d also like to know what I am allergic to.

  • http://forthisisthetime.com/ Esther Aspling

    How would one tell the difference between this and sores from Lupus?

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      Usually the toothpaste allergy is not painful

  • Brandon

    I have had this problem for a while now. I have tried many different types of toothpastes and it still occurs. I rinse my mouth with 3% hydrogen-peroxide and water solution once a day for under a minute. Is this a possible cause and a safe practice?

  • Karen

    The inside of mouth has been quite painful, raw, and swollen for months and I’ve needed to use a lidocaine rinse before brushing my teeth. The inside of my cheeks and gums continually peel and I’m getting blood blisters along the gum line. Eating is difficult and, so far, every toothpaste I’ve tried hurts. I’ve been to numerous dentists and they can’t explain it. Today I’ve noticed that I’m getting growths on the inside of my cheeks, which are the same color as the rest of rest of the mucosa. Can you please tell me who to see, what to do, or if you think that this is systemic. I’ve never used Crest and continue to use the same toothpaste I’ve used for the last ten years. Thank you. Karen

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      I wouldn’t think it has to do with the implant but it would be worth seeing an oral surgeon that may want to take a biopsy to see what it might be. Good luck and email me with any questions drweisz@askmydentisttv.com

  • aaron

    Hello iv been having this issue for the past month never had it or even heard of it before my Q is does this have anything to do with chewing tobacco? Iv been using camel snus the tobacco pouches wierd thing is im noticing this peeling just as you described only happening in the area where I almost always put my snus (lower left cheek pocket) any info will help ty.

  • Lily

    I have the same issue and also with Crest Pro Health, I will be changing right away!

  • Kaitlyn

    I just noticed that this started happening to me after using Listerine Total Care Zero. This also claims to be alcohol free and I’ve been using it daily for a week. The toothpaste I’m currently using is Sensodyne with whitening (I believe). I have been using the toothpaste for a few months now and I didn’t notice this problem. If I am having a reaction to this kind of mouthwash that claims to be alcohol free, what kind of mouthwash would you recommend using? Thank you!

    • Jessica

      I have also noticed this happening when using the Listerine Total Care Zero! I’m hoping that switching will solve the problem!

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      I would avoid mouthwash if it is happening because of the mouthwash. Better to brush and floss well than use a mouthwash

  • Elizabeth

    I use Arm & Hammer sensitive toothpaste and it makes the inside of my lower lip peel a lot. Some days it just continues for hours. It is bothersome because as you start to speak it forms between both lips and you can see the string stretched across the opening of your mouth, very embarrassing. This is my all time favorite toothpaste, I must have a sensitive formula, but this particular paste is very strong in that it leaves your mouth feeling very clean and fresh. I guess I have no choice but to switch to a sensitive that leaves your mouth feeling like you barely cleaned your mouth.

  • Taijhay

    I’ve just started using this toothpaste from melaluca and it’s a flouride. I’ve been getting the same symptoms, do I stop using it wasn’t listed above but the same exact thing you’ve described is happening to me.

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      I would try something new and see if symptoms improve

  • Michael Tamblin

    I have had peeling inside my mouth for years. I don’t have regular type of toothpaste but generally find myself using Cogate products. Anyway, even this morning, I had a large peel from the centre back of my bottom lip, through to the right corner of my mouth. It drew blood and often does. I also find that if I drink water, I am more likely to get lumpy skin that peels.

  • clarissamolera .

    Hi I have the same problem but I use Colgate Cavity protection. I use Listerine total care . I feel like its from the Listerine cause after I used Listerine I ate and then I took an hour nap and woke up with white stuff in my mouth again .. what do you think it is ??? Can it be cancer I’m so worried .. hope to hear back from you thanks

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      Is you stopped the use of the oral care products you were using and it hasn’t improved i would have a professional look at it.

  • Samantha

    I have been using the Colgate optic white since it came out years ago, recently I switched to using their Colgate optic whiten and protect and I’ve been noticing this peeling which is pretty gross. I thought maybe it was my new mouthwash, listerine zero total care. Good to know its not a health problem!

  • Tia Gale

    I experience with all Crest toothpastes that I have chosen. No others, just Crest. The peeling is almost immediate and stops as soon as I switch!

  • Denise Peterson

    I’ve always used the same brand of toothpaste, Colgate Sensitive, and never had a problem. Now a few days ago, the oozing started but I’m talking really bad! All day long, I rinse and spit and 5 minutes later my mouth is full of it again. Could something else be going on?

    • http://libertyvilledental.com/ Sam Weisz

      Denise it sounds like something else is going on. I would have it checked out if it isn’t cleared up form switching to a milder toothpaste