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Is that grayish color of gum a form of gingivitis?


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Published At February 25, 2017
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I have a grayish patch above my teeth. I have attached some pictures here. Initially, there was a pink spot just above the teeth, and then it turned gray. Under my upper lip, it is dark pink or red. Is this a form of gingivitis? In the morning, I am getting brown saliva. Also, I am getting brownish froth when I brush my teeth. Why?

Answered by Dr. Naveen Thomas


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have seen the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is just some pigmentation of gums for which you need not worry as it is due to some physiological change in the epithelium of gingiva. The grayish area has more melanin pigmentation than usual, so it is darker in certain spots. Also, you have some gingivitis, which is inflammation of gums only. Use warm salt water gargle. The color of spit might be related to your diet, but needs to be confirmed if there is any other specific symptom.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Naveen Thomas
Dr. Naveen Thomas


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