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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
why are my gums turning black?
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.
Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University