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Gum Diseases

Black Gums in Children

01/20/2011

Question:

Is there any "treatment" or way to prevent dark colored gums? And does the dark colour have any relation to bad breath?

Answer:

There are several reasons for black spots to develop in the mouth, including use of certain medicines or even cigarettes. Most mouth spots are benign and not serious, but there is one rare exception called oral melanoma that is related to the skin cancer of the same name. Gingival color changes may happen due to gum diseases too.

Because of this unlikely possibility, I recommend you see your dentist or a dental specialist such as an oral and maxillofacial pathologist, surgeon or periodontist for a personal consultation.

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Response by:

Binnaz   Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University