Gum color varies from person to person. Black gums and other changes in gum color can be caused by a medical condition, medication, smoking, or other lifestyle factors.
The gums are tough tissues that surround and hold the teeth in place.
They can range in color from red or pink to brown or black.
Good oral health is essential for overall well-being.
Changes in the color of the gums can indicate an underlying health problem, so a person should speak to a doctor to determine the cause.
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Causes of black gums
There is a range of conditions that can cause black gums, including:
The body naturally produces melanin, a substance that gives the skin, hair, and eyes their color. The more melanin a person has in their body, the darker their hair, skin, or eyes will be.
Reviewed by Christine Frank, DDS