Oral Health

Posted by: worried | 2009/05/01


change in colour of gums

I noticed recently that my gums seem to be a different colour, or at least i think they are ! I was flossing and noticed that they were a nice normal pink colour around the teeth ( the part visible when one smiles) but at the base, close to where the cheeks join the gum they seem really dark. this is a bit of a worry to me that I never noticed this before. there is no discomfort, bleeding or swelling. i brush my teeth 2-3 times daily and rinse with anti-bacterial mouthwash. i' ve recently switched to a sonic toothbrush. I have developed some pigmentation spots on my lower lip and am receiving treatment from a dermatologist for melasma, is this darkening perhaps a pigment disorder? the change in colour from the normal pink of the gums is uniform, almost like a stripe. most bizarre !

Expert's Reply


Oral health expert

the base of the gums are usually darker than the upper parts. However it is possible that the recent darkening is related to your dermatological condition. See your dermatologis and if necessary an oral medicine specialist

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