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  • You need to see a family doctor or Oral Hygienist to see if the peeling is part of a fungal infection or some other development inside the mouth. The doctor may take the scrapping from the mouth and send it for culture and biopsy (if need to be) or may just prescribe some oral meds to comabt simple infection or may suggest regular oral hygiene methods. Try gargling with sodium bi-carbonate (baking soda) mixed with common salt (1:1 ratio) in luke warm water to change the pH in the mouth.
  • I have the same problem, but I doubt it is skin. For me, it seems to be the mucus or saliva that collects on the gums and inner skin of the cheek, forming a slimy jelly membrane. I also know I don't have an STD. As for the cause, not sure. Using salt & baking soda seems a good idea. I know if I use a blue mouthwash, the slimy jelly will turn blue.
  • Did you burn your mouth? Once I burned the inside of my mouth and the skin peeled off.
  • When I use a certain type of whitening toothpaste my gums "sluff"- thats what the dentist called it. I dont use that type anymore.Sounds like what yours are doing.
  • That happens when you are allergic to toothpaste or mouthwash. I can only use regular toothpaste... none of the fancy stuff. And I have to make sure I rinse really well. Good luck!
  • Do you have indigestion? I was diagnosed with GERD, and was experiencing acid reflux at night that caused the inside fo my mouth to peel. I had to get meds form the doctor to stop this- can cause cancer.....Best to get check over by your doctor. Here is some good information about natural cures for indigestion http://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/healthapril.html
  • ive suffered from this my whole life, no matter what toothpaste/mouthwash I use. When I was younger I went to the doctor who suggested it may have been oral thrush and presribed a suitable medicine which made no difference. I find it gets worse after I smoke, although this wasn't the cause as I suffered from peeling mouth skin well before I began smoking. Sometimes it gets better and clears up slightly but returns a few days later. Weird but Ive learnt to live with it!
  • some tartar control toothpastes are so abrasive that they cause the gum tissue to slough off. this is not usually harmful at all. try switching to something with a less complex ingredients list. like tom's or something. you don't even have to use toothpaste, though. it's duty is only to supply you with fluoride, and you're most likely getting plenty in your water. i'd try to not use toothpaste for a while to give your mouth a chance to heal before you try anything new. i'm a dental assistant and sometimes have the same problem.
  • From my experience this is caused by peridontitis or gingivitis. Try checking with your dentist you may need a deep cleaning for you teeth.
  • For the past couple of mths I've noticed the inner mouth peel going on. I went to the dentist today and mentioned it. I've used Listerine for the past 4 yrs or so in the AM and again before bed in the PM. I switch around toothpastes between Colgate, Crest and Aquafresh. Right now using Aquafresh. The Dentist said to lay off the mouthwash. He said that the listerine contains alcohol, and it could be the alcohol burning off the layers. So, I'm going to stop taking that, something I've done for 4 yrs. As a kid, I remember hearing that our bodies change every 7 yrs so perhaps it's that. The Dentist said if it doesn't go away, he'll refer me for a biopsy. Glad I'm not the only one with this, and it doesn't seem like anyone has a bad answer like a disease, so that's a positive. Good luck.
  • You are quite right, it is a bothersome issue. And there seems to be very little anyone can do about it. The docs prefer to tell you off about the toothpaste you are using, then the mouth wash, then your diet, and then your dog or what not. ;) Being a non-smoker, eating as healthy as one can get, brushing one's teeth regularily twice a day does not seem to change the matters. Perhaps, being on a tight leash with the insurers, the doctors prefer to tell you off and not examine the issue in depth, because it is something you can live with, like the tonsilitis. It is not like you have a cancer, or any other deadly desease. Cheek peeling is benign and thus is treated as such. If you really want to know what it is, you will have to go ahead and demand a sample be taken from those shedding cheeks of yours for culture and cover the lab costs yourself. Good Luck!
  • are you using a strong toothpaste and not rinsing it properly?
  • Usually, that is a burn. Did you eat something really hot?
  • Interesting how something so disgusting when described appears so common. I have had the same thing when I use mouthwash too long. (Pre-whitening kind has peroxide in it, which I think causes a minor chemical burn.)
  • yeah that happens when you burn your mouth, but it can also happen if you eat something that has lots of flavour. i get it if i eat too many quavers, or party rings.
  • You are most likely experiencing some type of allergy to an ingredient in a toothpaste, mouthwash or combination of oral hygiene products. I recommend that you change your toothpaste first, if needed to an all-natural paste.
  • I too suffered from this problem of peeling lips,tongue and my inner cheeks. It just seemed to come from nowhere and I could not get rid of it. It would feel strange one day then start to peel the next. Soon it would appear to be healing only to start the whole cycle over again. No creams, or changing toothpaste or mouthwash helped at all. In the end , on a hunch, I decided to stop eating any fruit with the skin, like an apple, grapes, nectarines, etc. To my relief, the problem went away and I have not had it return in many months. I hope this works for you, the problem was so hard to deal with.
  • I have had the sore raw peeling mouth for several years now. I only get the peeling and burning when I use certain (quite a few) toothpaste and if I use mouthwash. I asked my dentist and she said I had just developed a really sensitive mouth and probably brushed a little too hard over the years (I brush very hard). So now I have little problems because I only use Sensodine Pronamel toothpaste - made for sensitive teeth. I also rarely use mouthwash - I use an oral rinse called Strepsil which does not irritate my mouth. I also use an electric toothbrush as my dentist said it was a good idea for hard brushers as it will stop/slow down if we press too hard. I don't know if this will help anyone but hopefully it can!!! Take it easy!!!

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