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Thursday, September 18, 2014
im 25 years old and my gums started turning black around puberty and they are still black. all the gums are black not just below a single tooth. i do have two cavities that need filling. none of my teeth are loose.could you tell me the causes and solution plz.
Color changes may occur due to several reasons.
1- It can be physiological (due to race and/or ethnic background. For example, African-Americans present whiter teeth with darker gums).
2- It can be a tattoo-type pigmentation due to a restoration (etc). But this is generally in a local area where you may have a tooth restored with metal or amalgam.
3- It can be environmental...For instance, mine workers present darker gums.
4- It may be a side effect of long-term tetracycline uptake. If you used this antibiotic for an infection, etc., this may cause darker gums.
Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University