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My four-year olds gums have turned dark brown over a matter

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My four-year old's gums have turned dark brown over a matter of months. His father and I, and all of our immediate relatives, have light/pink gums. Because we're African American, however, the darkening has been dismissed as more of a cultural trait. I'm concerned that we may be overlooking a deeper problem. He did roll out of bed a few months ago and damage the root of one tooth that we're told will eventually fall out. Would that cause gum darkening??

Thanks for any insight that you can offer.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dental
Expert:  Dr. Girish replied 7 years ago.
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<br />thanks for posting your question on Just Answer
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<br />It is very common to for dark skinned people to have melanin pigments in their gums
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<br />there should be nothing to be worried about,
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<br />I have seen hundreds of people with dark brown gums and almost blackish gums
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<br />it is very common in the african american community
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<br />I was in florida from 2004 -2007 i have treated over 5000 children mainly african american they do tend to have dark gums
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<br />nothing to worry it is the skin pigment melanin
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<br />no the tooth root is not responsible for this
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<br />the skin pigmentation is
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<br />best wishes nothing to worry
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<br />Dr Girish
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Well, that's pretty much what I've been told, but my concern is that they weren't always dark brown. Why would they turn from pink to brown now??
Expert:  Dr. Girish replied 7 years ago.
well skin color changes too,
I have seen 1000s of african american children

I am glad you are concerned about it, but there is nothing to worry
good parent for asking

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Okay, thanks.
Expert:  Dr. Girish replied 7 years ago.
best wishes you are a good parent
its always good ask questions
best wishes

dr girish