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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
White and Dark Gums
I HAVE A FRIEND WHO FOR SOME WEIRD REASON, NO MATTER WHAT HE EATS OR DRINKS, THERE IS A FOUL SMELL COMING FROM HIS MOUTH. I ALSO NOTICED HE HAS STAINED TEETH AND HE IS VERY YOUNG, EARLY 20`S. HIS GUMS ALSO APPEAR TO BE PARTLY WHITE AND SOME PARTS DARK. I DO NOT KNOW ANY OF HIS DENTAL HISTORY. IT SEEMS THE SMELL JUST CANNOT GO AWAY. I CANt JUST TEL HIM WHAT I THINK, DO NOT WANT TO EMBARASS HIM. WHAT CAN IT BE AND HOW CAN I LET HIM KNOW??
It is hard to guess what it may be. Odors from the mouth are not always caused from problems with the teeth or gums; they can also be a result of some sort of stomach problem. The color of teeth can vary greatly and likewise, the color of our gums can also vary from a light pink to a dark brown/black and still be considered healthy. An exam by a dentist would be needed to rule out any dental problems.
You could possibly ease into the subject by talking about your own dental health. Your friend may just open-up and begin talking about his dental experiences.
Good luck. Let us know if we can answer any other questions.
Susan Bauchmoyer, RDH, EFDA, MS
Associate Professor – Clinical, Clinic Director
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University