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Why Are My Gums Different Colors? Is There Something Wrong?

Posted on 5/1/2024 by Jason Widner DMD Family Dentistry
Woman smiling not worried about different colored gums after making appointment at Jason Widner DMD Family Dentistry in Sammamish, WAHave you checked your gums lately? Believe it or not, the color of your gums can show both your overall health and dental health. In general, healthy gums are pink, even for people with dark skin tones. It is not unusual for some people of color to have spotted or darker gums, however. What if your gums suddenly change color? Here are some signs you may have a problem with your different-colored gums.

If Your Gums Are Red

People with dark red gums usually have other issues with their gums, such as swollen gums or bleeding when they brush them. Dark red, bloody gums are a clear signal of periodontal disease, a bacteria-caused infection of the gums. Periodontal disease has three stages. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and it is when you may notice your gums are swollen, bloody, or red. Periodontitis represents the second and third stages of gum disease, and it is at this stage that the disease is manageable but not curable.

If Your Gums Are Brown

No one likes to see their gums turn brown. There are a couple of reasons why your gums might be brown. First, you may have exposed them to too much sunlight or used a tanning bed too much. Too much sun can cause your gums to look tan or brown. Also, if you are a tobacco user, especially if you are a heavy tobacco user, extended use over time will also cause your gums to turn brown.

If Your Gums Are Pale or White

Your white or pale gums can have a few causes. First, you may be in the beginning stage of gum disease, called gingivitis. Luckily, gum disease at the primary stage is completely treatable, and the sooner you begin to treat it, the sooner your gums can return to a healthy pink. Another reason you may have pale gums is a serious iron deficiency, which can cause your gums to become pale due to a lack of iron in the blood.

If you are concerned about the color of your gums, we can help. Reach out to our office today, and our dental professionals will schedule an appointment for you.
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