Purple gums can make your teeth look discolored and unattractive, but they can also be an indicator of gum disease. Although not everyone with purple gums has gum disease, you should still see your dentist right away if you notice any unusual discolorations along your gumline. The sooner you address this problem, the better chance you have of preventing more serious issues from developing over time.
What Do Purple Gums Mean?
When it comes to your gums, the number one thing you need to look out for is inflammation. When your gums are inflamed, they will either turn red or purple, and this is called erythema. It’s not always easy to tell if someone has inflammation in their mouth because there are other conditions that cause red or purple gums such as dry mouth from medication and plaque buildup from tobacco use. But, if you have other symptoms such as bleeding when brushing your teeth or bad breath, then it could be worth going to see your dentist who will perform an examination and possibly give you a biopsy to see if there is any underlying problem present in the tissues surrounding your teeth or on the root surfaces of them.
How To Get Rid Of Them?
There are many ways to get rid of the purple blotches on your gums and create that perfect smile you’ve always wanted! You can try the following:
1) Use an anti-inflammatory mouthwash like Listerine® Original Antiseptic Mouthwash or ACT® Advanced Care Anti-Plaque Rinse; 2) Add slippery elm powder to your toothpaste or make a mouth rinse with slippery elm powder, water, and aloe vera gel; 3) Try flossing more often, using dental tape daily, and brushing for two minutes twice per day; 4) Visit your dentist!
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How To Prevent Them?
1) Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and dental floss daily. 2) Make sure to brush your teeth at the end of the day, after dinner. 3) Drink lots of water to stay hydrated and keep bacteria from building up in your mouth. 4) Take care not to drink too much coffee or alcohol- these drinks have been shown to weaken tooth enamel, making them more susceptible to decay and erosion over time. 5) If you smoke, try quitting for at least six months- smoking will cause your oral tissue to recede, exposing the root surfaces and causing increased plaque formation on the teeth.
Did I Mention There’s An App?
The GUMC app is an easy way to track your brushing habits and monitor your gum health. The app is available for iOS and Android devices, and it’s completely free! You just download the app, enter some personal information, and take a two-minute video while you brush your teeth. Then the app analyzes the video to measure how well you brush and provides personalized feedback on how to improve your brushing technique.