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What the Color of Your Gums Say About Your Health

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If you’re worried about your gum health and have noticed a change in their color or texture, you are likely right to feel concerned. And while we all know that our gums should be pink in color, there might be a few minor differences that might not have tipped you off as troubling. At what point should you schedule an additional appointment with your dentist or an oral surgeon?

If you’re feeling concerned about your gum health, you will likely benefit from consulting the team at Union City Oral Surgery Group. Our team of oral and dental surgeons specializes in addressing medical health and cosmetic concerns and completing related procedures. We have extensive experience, so our team delivers only the best care possible. Our patients trust us to handle their care deliberately while prioritizing their safety and comfort.

What Color Should Your Gums Be?

Generally speaking, your gums should be a pink color. There may be some variation in different areas of your gums, as it’s common and healthy for gums to look more translucent closer to the teeth. 

Additionally, gums will vary depending on your race and ethnicity due to the amount of melanin present. This means that your gums may also be healthy if they appear brown or purple in color. If you notice that your gums are paler than usual, speaking with a dentist may be necessary to address any health concerns that may have arisen.

What Do Other Gum Colors Mean About Your Health?

You may encounter many other gum colors, but these could be cause for concern. Learning about the other colors your gums may be should help you begin a dialogue with your dentist or oral surgeon if needed.

  • Red: If your gums appear red or deep pink, this may indicate an infection. Additional indicators of infection may include increased sensitivity or bleeding during brushing and flossing. 
  • Yellow: Gums that appear to have a yellow tint or film often point to the beginning stages of gingivitis or gum disease. You may also encounter inflammation or swelling if you have yellow gums. 
  • Black: If your gums are black in color, and this is not normal for you, there are a few potential causes. One of the more common causes of black gums is tobacco usage. However, your gums may also turn black if you take certain medications. 
  • White: You may have a fungal infection if you have a white film or tint on your gums. You may feel soreness, see white sores on your gums, and feel general sensitivity and discomfort in your mouth. 
  • Gray: Gray gums may indicate that you have a weakened immune system or have underlying health issues that need to be addressed. This may appear similar to white gums. Your gums may appear gray if you are a smoker, are under significant stress, or have a bacterial infection. 

If your gums are not a healthy color, it is of the utmost importance for you to immediately seek attention from your dentist or an oral surgeon. Many of these colors could indicate painful and damaging health issues that should be addressed quickly.

Focus on Your Oral Health With Union City Oral Surgery Group

If your gums are a color that indicates poor health, you may need to seek attention from your dentist or oral surgeon. Our team of specialists and oral surgeons at Union City Oral Surgery Group are dedicated to serving our clients well and helping them improve their overall health and beautiful smiles. We likely have the tools and resources necessary to do the same for you and your needs.

To discuss your concerns with our specialists, please don’t hesitate to speak with us at your earliest convenience. You can get in touch with us by calling (201) 601-9262 or by completing our contact form. Our team is excited to work together to improve your smile.