Is it necessary to avoid the sun if I have diffuse pigmentation?

Does Diffuse Pigmentation Mean I Have to Avoid the Sun?

One of the most common concerns many people have when they are told they have diffuse pigmentation on their gums or anywhere else on their body is whether or not it means they have to avoid the sun. The simple answer to this question is no; however, you should still be cautious when outside and seek shade whenever possible, particularly during peak sunlight hours. Avoiding the sun is not only unnecessary, but also counter-productive because exposure to sunlight will actually help reduce your signs of diffuse pigmentation over time.

Having Mild Diffuse Pigmentation (MDP)

The good news is, even if you have MDP, it’s possible to go out in the sun. By avoiding sunlight and using broad-spectrum sunscreens, people with mild diffuse pigmentation can reduce your risk of skin cancer. Treatment is primarily cause-specific – because many conditions are difficult to cure. But some general measures may be all that you need. If you’re concern about MDP and would like an evaluation, come see us at Britegums. We offer free consultations so you can learn more about your treatment options.

Having Severe Diffuse Pigmentation (SDP)

Due to its prevalence and how hard it is to cure, there are few ways that can be found out. SDP covers a large surface area on your gum and one of the first symptoms is increase sensitivity in the gum, as if they have never seen exposure before. Symptoms can be prevent by photoprotection (avoiding sun exposure and using broad-spectrum sunscreens) and avoiding known triggers but some general measures that might be require is treatment for diffuse pigmentation such as using a gel with hydroquinone after every brushing and following with cream containing retinoids, making sure you use enough protection when in the sun, being careful of makeup you use or reactions with toothpaste since both may contain oxybenzone which increases photosensitivity in many people.

Does Vitamin C help MDP and SDP?

The future is brighter, but taking care of your mouth now can help you have a better smile. Conditions such as MDP and SDP can make things difficult when it comes to going through everyday tasks. It is important for us at Britegums, to know the ins and outs of different conditions, so we can talk with you about what options are available when it comes time for treatment. In this case, there isn’t much research on how vitamin C helps these two conditions, but there are studies that show how vitamin C may affect MDP by causing an overproduction of saliva which will moisten dry patches.

Are suntan lotions safe for people with MDP or SDP?

There are several sun protection treatments available for those with MDP and SDP. Due to our knowledge of the causes, we advise treating MDP and SDP cases differently from other skin conditions. For both conditions, photoprotection is always beneficial. Counseling is an integral part of the therapy such as photoprotection (avoiding sun exposure and using broad-spectrum sunscreens) and avoiding known triggers. Treatment is primarily cause-specific; however, anti-inflammatory medications or surgery may be require in severe cases or if symptoms do not improve with conservative treatment. The important thing is that it be treat properly so that it doesn’t affect your quality of life any more than necessary.

How Much Vitamin C Do You Need in a Day to Treat MDP or SDP?

Before discussing how much vitamin C you need to have in a day, it is important that we distinguish between different types of oral pigmentation. MDP stands for mucosal dysplasia pigmentosa, which is an extremely rare type of condition that typically only affects your gums. On the other hand, SDP or solar demineralization and peripheral enamel hypoplasia is an example of a type of benign oral pigmentation (dental stains) that can be cause by many different factors such as smoking and drinking coffee. However, many types of conditions are difficult to cure. As such, are always beneficial.

How Long Will it Take to See Results After Taking Vitamin C Supplements for My MDP or SDP

It should take at least two months of treatment with a vitamin C supplement for people with MDP or SDP. This is because many conditions are difficult to cure, and it may be beneficial for you to continue your therapy. Also, we recommend keeping in touch with your dentist’s office during this time by visiting every four months for preventative care and oral examination, which includes a cleaning and X-rays. In addition, we recommend consulting a doctor about getting vitamin D supplements to avoid any health risks relate to that deficiency. As always, these are suggestions only; please talk with your dentist about what is best for you as an individual.

What Are The Best Foods To Eat if You Have Both MDP and SPD?

The best foods to eat if you have both MDP and SPD are not confine by condition. What is important is keeping a nutritious and varies diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables that are steam or raw. Process foods should be avoid and there is no reason why you can’t include meat, fish, cheese or eggs as protein sources in your diet – but try and have an even balance of proteins from different sources for optimum health.

What are Some Ways I Can Get Enough Vitamin C in My Diet?

Diffuse pigmentation is often a symptom of many different disorders, and since many of these conditions are difficult to cure, Vitamin C intake can be beneficial. Counseling is an integral part of the therapy for this skin condition and we recommend that patients continue with any treatment regime prescribe by their physician. To get enough Vitamin C in your diet you can start by increasing your consumption of citrus fruits and vegetables which are rich in it or even taking a supplement if necessary. However, consult your doctor before adding any type of new supplement or vitamin regimen into your daily routine.

By John Sonron

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