Summerlin: (702) 660-5576
3635 S. Town Center Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89135
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6200 N. Durango Dr, Bldg 12, Ste. 100
Las Vegas, NV 89149

Our Gums Darken as We Get Older


Posted on 7/23/2017 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
Schedule regular exams with Canyon Oral & Facial Surgery if your gums are darkening.
Have you noticed that as you get older, your gums tend to do the same? They used to be a vibrant yet pale pink, but are now bordering on a rose-red color. Do you know why this is? Your gums are simply going to naturally get darker as we get older. The blood flow to our gums changes, and this can cause your gums to look darker than they once did. As long as you see the same darker color around all of your gums and aren't suffering from swelling or bleeding, then it is normal and nothing to worry about.

When You Need to Speak to Your Dentist

As stated, uniform color change is normal. However, if you notice that your color change is not uniform, you want to go in and see your dentist. If you notice that an area of your gums is suddenly brown, black, purple, or blue, these can all be signs that something is going on in your mouth that needs attention. Problems with gum disease can cause discoloration that would not appear as a uniform change. So can early stages of gum melanoma. Tooth and gum decay can also cause you to notice color changes in your gums.

When you notice something has suddenly changed in your mouth, you want to get it checked out. It is important that you tell them what is going on and how you noticed it. You should also make sure that you tell them the first time you noticed the issue, and how long it has been affecting you. The more they know, the more accurate their diagnosis and possible treatment will be. Your dentist is your ally in positive oral health, so talk to them when something is off. They can help you feel better. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at Centennial Hills: (702) 660-5574, Summerlin: (702) 660-5576.
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Las Vegas, NV 89149

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