dental care


Question by  makhariashubhi (1)

What would cause a 17-year-old's gums to be black around his teeth?

They're black in the upper and lower jaws. People say I must smoke, but I don't. When I was 12 or 13, they looked normal.


Answer by  whoareyou (3483)

The most common cause for black around the teeth and in the gums is tooth decay, or tooth rot. Infections and bacteria actually cause decay around the tooth, and can eat away at the tooth itself. This is very dangerous, could even become fatal. See a dentist immediately!


Answer by  expert70 (13)

Many things can cause discoloration of gums. 1. Internal pigment deposits (ethnic groups, very rare diseases such as Addison-syndrome) 2. external pigment deposits (old amalgam fillings, crowns/bridges containing metal) 3. subgingival calculus: it's very likely that you suffer from that, so visit an oral hygienist :)


Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

This can be a sign of very bad blood circulation in the gums. It can also be a sign of infection. You need to see a dentist for diagnosis and treatment, since either problem can cause loss of your teeth.


Answer by  amber33 (1941)

Not really sure about the coloring, if you have any concerns I would go see a dentist. He will be able to find the source of the color change.

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