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Gum Diseases

Gums

07/03/2006

Question:

why are my gums turning black?

Answer:

Color changes on gums may be due to several reasons:

1 It may be a physiological phenomena due to race etc.  Some races like African Americans have stronger pigmentation on their gums and this will show itself as black.

2 It may be due to cigarette smoking.

3 It may be due to an amalgam restoration on a tooth.  This presents itself as a localized area around the restored tooth.

4 It may also be due to some pathological growth at the cell level.

If the color change is new and especially if it is spreading, please see a dentist so that a differential diagnosis can be made.

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Response by:

Binnaz   Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University