I’ve been seeing the same dentist for years, and every six months, he tells me that my smile is perfect. But the reason I go to the dentist in the first place is to fix my purple gums. Purple gums aren’t normal, so what can I do to fix them? Is it my diet? My brushing habits? Do I need more fluoride? What should I tell my dentist when he says my smile is perfect and all of my teeth are healthy?
The Main Problems With Gingival Hyperpigmentation:
Gingival hyperpigmentation is a very common oral condition that happens when the gums and skin around your teeth get blotchy. This can happen if you have hormonal changes, are taking some types of medication, or have an issue with your immune system. Sometimes people also notice these patches due to the use of certain toothpaste or other substances in their mouth. These patches can be easily removed with lasers for no more than one treatment at a dentist’s office.
How It Impacts Me Personally?
Six months ago, my dentist told me that my teeth and gums were healthy. The only thing he said to work on was that it looked like my tooth enamel was getting thin in some spots. He told me not to worry and that the enamel would thicken over time as long as I brushed twice a day and flossed regularly. Sure enough, when I made it back to the office six months later he said that my teeth and gums were in perfect condition. The only thing we had to work on now was those purple blotches along my gumline.
At first, when I looked at myself in the mirror each morning (I always start with a smile!), all I could see were these spots.
Why It’s Hard To Get Rid Of My Purple Gums?
- They’re always there: The stains on your gums never go away. You brush and floss daily, and at the end of the day you look in the mirror to find deep purple stains making your gumline look way more uniform than it is. – They’re noticeable: Let’s be honest—no one wants to wear a smile that looks like someone dumped grape juice on their teeth. No matter how much lipstick you put on or well-shaded eyebrows you rock, everyone will notice that they still see these harsh purple stains alongside your pearly whites.
Tips Ao Fade Away Blotchy Purple Stains On The Gum Line:
Fortunately, there are some quick and easy tips to fading away those purple stains:
Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Drink water to flush out your mouth. Floss every day. Take an over-the-counter pain relief medication if necessary (if you have sensitive teeth). Visit your dentist or periodontist if you experience discomfort or notice swelling in the gums around your tooth.
What About Laser Treatment?
I was looking for any cosmetic dental procedure that would improve the appearance of my gums. Unfortunately, lasers don’t work for everyone and some treatments can actually cause more damage. Thankfully, there are two treatments available to me that have shown promising results: the Clear Correct system and Invisalign. Clear Correct is a transparent orthodontic system with clear retainers that can straighten teeth while also smoothing over spots on the gumline with tiny yet noticeable white dots. Invisalign is an invisible alternative to braces that corrects crooked teeth without anyone even knowing they’re there.