Dental Tips Blog

Sep
20

Are Your Gums a Healthy Color?

Posted in Gum Disease

What do you see when you think of a Hollywood smile? Probably a glittering row of pearly whites nestled against lush coral-pink gums.

But what if your gums aren’t coral-pink? Maybe they’re not pink, at all. Does this mean that you have a serious problem on your hands? Or on your gums, we should say.

A Beautiful Spectrum

What many folks don’t realize is that gums come in a variety of colors much in the way that skin does. Gums can have many colors in them. They can even be freckled!

This variety is perfectly healthy. You can thank genetics for your hair color, skin color, eye color, and yes, gum color.

When Disease is the Cause

Sometimes, an unusual coloration in the gums is a bad sign. Different stages and types of gum disease can cause visible changes in the color of your gums. For example, bright red gums along with the presence of bleeding usually mean that they are inflamed. This is gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.

When you visit your dentist, you’ll find out whether the color of your gums is normal or a sign that something serious is going on.

Ready for a Change?

In most cases of gum disease, your gums will return to a more healthy hue after they are treated for the disease. What if you want to lighten the natural color of your gums?

Cosmetic dental specialists have the tools and knowledge necessary to help you out. It’s possible to essentially “bleach” the color of your gums if you desire a lighter shade.

Call your local dentist today to schedule a consultation to see how your gum color checks out.

Posted on behalf of:
Atencio Family Dentistry
3773 Baker Ln #3
Reno, NV 89509
(775) 829-8684

 

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