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Welcome to JustAnswer.The white line to which you refer is technically referred to as the "linea alba", which (not surprisingly) translated from the latin literally means "white line". It is an area of "hyperkeratosis", or thickening of the surface tissue layers in the cheek lining, in response to the frictional contact with the teeth. The linea alba is typically located exactly at the level where the upper and lower teeth meet.This phenomenon is completely normal. However, it may thicken in response to an increase in the amount of friction sustained by the cheeks, as might result from an unconscious cheek chewing habit. This is no different from the growth of calluses on the hands of someone who does heavy manual labor, and no more significant.If your linea alba is thickening, you should take note of any unconscious habitual cheek chewing or any other activity which might increase frictional exposure to the cheek linings. There is not much more that you can do to reduce the thickness of these lines other than to eliminate the only factor that leads to thickening-- direct frictional contact.Hope this helps...
No-- an acetaminophen overdose would not account for the white line, which would be totally unrelated. That is not to say that an acetaminophen overdose is trivial-- this is a medication that has a narrow therapeutic dosage range, and dosages just slightly above the recommended dosage can cause liver injury, especially if consumed with alcohol or other products known to be toxic to the liver. (No more than 4 grams, or 8 Extra-Strength Tylenol tablets should be taken in a 24-hour period.) If there are any other symptoms, including jaundice or malaise, you may want to consult with your medical doctor to measure your blood liver enzymes to assure no damage was done. Again, this would not be relevant to your linea alba.Good luck!
If your linea alba is thickening, you should take note of any unconscious habitual cheek chewing or any other activity which might increase frictional exposure to the cheek linings. There is not much more that you can do to reduce the thickness of these lines other than to eliminate the only factor that leads to their thickening-- direct frictional contact. As for the line remaining raised-- it will continue to be raised to some extent, because it is normal for it to be so.Good luck!
Yes, it is likely, because it is normal for them to be raised. Whether or not they vary in thickness will depend on the amount of frictional contact they sustain during normal functional and para-functional activity.Good luck!
If you are concerned about it, even though, as Dr Borfeld said, it is a normal occurrence, you could ask your dentist to build you a night guard. That will protect your soft tissues if you have bruxism at night (clench your teeth) I hope this helps!
Dr Mariana Levy