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What causes gums to turn black

A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Melanin: Can also be an amalgam tattoo.

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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Visit your DDS if...: Dark spot on your gum can be signs of harmless or serious conditions, depending on its nature. If the spot did not go away in 2-3 weeks, it would be b... Read More
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See dentist: and have it checked, diagnosed then it can be treated.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Teething: If the gums are black in spots where the teeth are coming through then yes it an be teething. If it is a more generalized black gums, they should be e... Read More
Dr. Keith Hollander
Dentistry 36 years experience
Black gums: If you are of African decent then dark pigmented gums is normal. There is great variation in gingival coloration in blacks. they even make special d... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Pyle
Dentistry 39 years experience
Stains: Staining is often caused by the foods we like. Black stain can be caused by coffee, tea, tobacco, red wine, apple juice, iron supplements ....
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Melanin: There are a number of things that can cause tissues in the mouth to be dark. One possibility is the increased production of melanin that is responsib... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Get eval: I wouldn't venture to try to diagnose this. I would however, recommend dental assessment.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Cavities ?: Calculus that has stained may also appear black. Please visit your dentist for treatment. Either of the above conditions cannot be left alone.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Possibly: Abscesses that cause a lot of swelling in the mouth are the type that can spread to neck lymph nodes . This then becomes a cellulitis and can spread a... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Bruise?: If new, then should resorb. Ice for now and watch. If not quickly gone see oral specialist.
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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
It : It sounds like the gum tissue is inflammed. Did you just have the temp place a day or two ago, or is it there for a while? If not polished, it could ... Read More

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