• Why Are My Gums Purple?

Why Are My Gums Purple?

You take good care of your teeth and you’re proud of them.  They’re straight and white.  But many people are shy about their smiles because of either uneven or very dark pigmentation.

We hear this question a lot at Britegums®, with variations.  Why are my gums splotchy?  Why are my gums dark?

Why are my gums purple?

Let’s explore the question.  The answers may not be what you expected.


For many people with dark or unevenly pigmented gums, the answer may simply be “melanin”.  Those of us who have a lot of melanin have darker skin tones.  Those who have little are paler.  Melanin is what allows skin to tan and a deficit of it is what causes skin to burn.

And when we have a lot of melanin, we can have dark or irregular pigmentation in the gum tissue.

But there are other answers to the question, “why are my gums purple?”.


It sometimes happens that gum color changes as we get older.  If this change isn’t accompanied by any symptoms (like pain or bleeding), it’s a naturally occurring process that’s harmless.  While you may find the change undesirable, it’s not necessarily an indicator of poor health.

A sudden change in color, though, can be disconcerting and may signal a problem.  And it’s always advisable to check in with your dentist if this happens.


Smoking can change the color of gums.  This process is known as Smoker’s Melanosis.  Your gums may change to purple or brown and your palate and the insides of your cheeks may also change.

This is not to be taken lightly, as smoking is known to be harmful to your health.  Purple or brown gums in smokers may signal gum disease or even oral cancer.


If you observe a change in gum color and you’re taking a medication for depression, the medication itself may be at fault.

But if you’re concerned, visiting your dentist is in order.  Don’t leave changes in the appearance of your gums to chance.

Gum Disease

Also called periodontal disease, purple gums may be telling you that your gums need attention.

As this condition becomes more severe, your gums may swell and change in appearance.  A purple coloration is just one sign.

Plaque (which can build up around the gumline over time) is what causes gum disease.  If left untreated, it can cause deep infections, affecting not just gum tissue but teeth and bone.

If you observe the formation of a purple spot on the gums, this may indicate early oral cancer.  Visit your dentist immediately to have yourself checked.


If you’ve been to your dentist to ensure you’re not suffering from any of the conditions noted, but you’re still self-conscious about your purple gums, we have an answer.

Patented Britegums® technology is the contemporary solution to hyperpigmentation in the gum tissue.  Fast and virtually painless, Britegums® is also long lasting (sometimes permanent) and affordable.

Find out more about this unique treatment for dark and uneven gum pigmentation to discover if Britegums® is right for you!

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