When you look at yourself in the mirror, it may seem like nothing is out of the ordinary. However, you may have noticed that the color of your gums and oral mucus membranes isn’t as bright white as you’d like it to be. While having darkly pigmented gums isn’t going to harm your health, it may lower your self-confidence if you don’t feel like smiling all of the time because you’re embarrassed about how your mouth looks in photos and videos.
What Is Multifocal Pigmentation?
The word pigment is defined as a substance, such as a dye or a pigment, that changes the color of something. The word multifocal means having many focuses or aspects. In regards to teeth, multifocal pigmentation is when there are dark patches on the gum line and oral mucus membranes (the tissue that covers the inside of your mouth).
Many people feel like their darkly pigmented gums limit their self-confidence because they do not want to smile broadly for fear of revealing dark gums. However, this type of pigmentation does not pose any health threat.
Why Do Our Teeth And Gums Become Discolored?
Teeth and gums can become discolored because of plaque build-up or age. Sometimes, dental procedures such as whitening can also change color. One of the most common reasons for dark gums is multifocal pigmentation. Multifocal pigmentation is an inherent condition that causes parts of our skin to have a darker pigment than other areas without any cause or treatment needed. This condition is not harmful and should not be treated as such, though many people are unaware it exists.
How Can I Get Rid Of It?
If you have dark gums, there are many things you can do to lighten them. We recommend asking your dentist for a professional cleaning. There are also over-the-counter treatments that can be bought at your local pharmacy or grocery store. Some of these treatments include whitening toothpaste, which comes in a variety of flavors. Other options are bleaching strips which are applied once every few days for about half an hour and whitening mouthwash which can be used as often as necessary to produce desired results. You may want to consult with your dentist before using these products to ensure that they won’t harm your teeth or gums.
What Products Should I Use?
The first step to combatting dark gums is by understanding why they may have darkened. Smoking or chewing tobacco could be a culprit, as could certain medications or supplements. You may also have an underlying medical condition that has contributed to the darkening of your gum tissue. If this is the case, you need to speak with your doctor about how best to treat it before proceeding with any teeth whitening products.
When Should I Consult A Dentist Or Dental Hygienist?
Since darkly pigmented gums are not a health threat, there is no set time limit to consult with a dentist or dental hygienist. However, if you have concerns about your gum color, make an appointment to get your teeth checked out by a professional. The dentist will look at the health of your teeth and gums as well as assess any tooth loss or decay. You may want to schedule an appointment if you notice any changes in the appearance of your gums or experience pain when chewing food or brushing your teeth.