When your gums have dark or splotchy spots, it can have an effect on the rest of your teeth, making them look dull and lifeless. This discoloration, called gingival depigmentation, can be caused by several different factors that you can treat to get rid of the discoloration. Learn how to get rid of dark or splotchy gums with tips from your dentist in this article.
What Causes Gingival Discoloration?
Gingival depigmentation is a condition in which the tissue that surrounds the teeth, called gums, becomes progressively darker over time. Unlike teeth, where there are three zones – enamel (the outermost layer), dentin (which makes up the main part of your tooth), and pulp tissue (innermost) – gum tissue has just two layers: an outer fibrous layer called the lamina propria and an inner pinkish-white layer called the corium. It’s often caused by infections that can originate anywhere from a deep dental abscess to bad breath (halitosis). Gum tissues may also turn brown for no reason at all. These dark patches can be noticeable enough to have a negative impact on your self-confidence.
Can Dentistry Help With These Problems?
Having dark and splotchy gums may not be something you notice all the time, but when you do it can make your teeth look unappealing. And gum discoloration can also increase the chances of tooth decay. But there are some treatments that can get rid of these problems, including one known as gingival depigmentation. This procedure can make your smile seem brighter and more uniform by lightening those gums. So if you’re looking for a way to take care of your teeth and your appearance, talk with a dentist about how dentistry may be able to help with both.
Common Concerns About Gum Disease Treatment:
Getting your gums depigmented is a quick and simple way to get rid of those unsightly brownish stains and show off your bright white teeth! When it comes time for the procedure, you will be given a local anesthetic. You may want someone with you for moral support since this can sometimes be a bit uncomfortable but won’t last long. The dentist will then gently remove the yellow-gray layers from your gum line and then apply laser treatment that stops bleeding and prevents future discoloration from occurring. If all went well, you’ll go home with clear and healthy looking gums in no time!
Are There Products That Will Lighten My Teeth and/or Gums?
Gingivitis and long-term use of drugs like tetracycline may contribute to darkening gum tissue, but the use of certain agents can help lighten it. Bleaching solutions that contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide are available over-the-counter and can be purchased at a pharmacy, dental office, stores like Walgreens, Costco, Walmart, and Target. A word of caution: Most over-the-counter products require a prescription from your dentist before they will be released.
Safe Ways To Whiten Your Teeth Without Going To The Dentist:
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic process for teeth lightening, often for the purpose of achieving a more natural tooth shade. Since teeth whitening procedures can be expensive and inconvenient, there are many ways you can lighten your teeth without going to the dentist.
1) Pour half a packet of sugar in a glass with water then brush your teeth while they dissolve in your mouth.
2) Brush twice with baking soda per day before brushing with toothpaste (baking soda is an abrasive that will scrub away surface stains).
3) Floss gently using minimal pressure as dentists recommend daily flossing as it removes plaque and food particles that contain staining compounds.