Normal, healthy gums are generally pink in color, appearing slightly lighter around the teeth and darker around the sides of the mouth. Also, there is some variation from person to person as to how dark pink they can be.
So what do you do when you notice that the color of your gums is changing? This is the time to speak with a doctor, especially if additional symptoms are causing concern. Your dentist can tell you how serious the condition is.
In this multi-part series on gum health, we will explore the causes of pale or otherwise discolored gums. We also describe accompanying symptoms, treatments, and when to see a doctor.