7 Surprising Reasons Your Gums Might Be Turning Purple


Purple Gums

You brush twice a day, floss once, and use mouthwash every time you’re about to have an important interaction, whether it’s first thing in the morning or at bedtime (I’m sorry, I know you don’t want to talk to anyone after brushing your teeth at night). But still, every time you look in the mirror and see those blotchy purple patches along your gum line, you wonder how it could be possible that your gums are turning purple! The answer might surprise you. Here are 7 surprising reasons your gums might be turning purple!

1) Is It Normal?


Purple gums are a common sign of gum disease. When your gums become infected, they bleed more easily and the blood can mix with saliva and seep through the connective tissue to form an unsightly purple-red color. If you have purple gums, there’s a good chance that you’re not brushing as well as you could be or aren’t flossing often enough. Other causes of infection include smoking and dry mouth caused by certain medications like diabetes medicine or antihistamines.

2) Gum Contouring:


One of the most common reasons for purple gums is a buildup of plaque on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky, colorless film that coats the surface of your teeth. The good news is that this can be prevented by brushing and flossing every day. If you already have a plaque on your teeth, you should see your dentist as soon as possible to get it removed and prevent further damage to your gums. Other common causes include stress, smoking, medications like antibiotics and steroids, and certain medical conditions like leukemia or diabetes.

3) Gum Bleeding:


Bleeding gums are a sign of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is the result of bacteria in plaque on your teeth, and it can lead to tooth loss. If you notice bleeding gums, schedule an appointment with your dentist. They’ll be able to recommend ways to keep your gumline healthy.

4) Gingivitis:


Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease and often starts as a response to plaque buildup. Over time, gingivitis can turn into periodontitis or even lead to tooth loss. You may not even know you have it, but it’s important to visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and dental exams.
Here are seven other reasons your gums might be turning purple:
1) Poor dental hygiene – If you don’t brush your teeth twice daily and floss every day, plaque will accumulate on your teeth, which can irritate your gums and cause them to turn purple.

5) Oral Cancer:


Oral cancer is the third most common type of cancer in the world and many people don’t know that it’s possible to contract it. It can happen to anyone, including people who brush and floss regularly. Symptoms include a change in the color of your gums, but you may also notice bleeding from your mouth or teeth as well as swelling in your face, neck, or throat. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your dentist immediately and make an appointment with an oral oncologist for a biopsy.

6) Root Canal Treatment:


Root canal treatment is the process of removing diseased or injured tissue from inside a tooth, and then filling the cleaned space with an inert material to seal it. Root canal treatment can be done on any kind of tooth, but is most often required for molars and premolars. After a root canal procedure, patients will experience no discomfort but may feel pressure in their teeth for a few days as the root area heals. The best way to prevent future problems like this is by brushing and flossing correctly every day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for checkups.

7) Pericoronitis:


Pericoronitis is an infection around the gum line, usually caused by excessive brushing. It can be painful and even lead to tooth loss if not treated. Signs of pericoronitis include redness, swelling, pus around the gumline, and pain when eating or brushing teeth. If you suspect that you have pericoronitis, contact your dentist for an examination as soon as possible.


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