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Q. Though I stopped using tobacco, my gum turns black. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Disha Kandi Jain
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 14, 2020

Hello doctor,

I was chewing tobacco for the past few years. And I stopped it forever. But sometimes I have a little throbbing on my gums. And the color of my gums changed to black. Is this any serious disease?

Dr. Disha Kandi Jain

Dentistry Naturopathy Orthodontist
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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

It is good that you stopped chewing tobacco. For how many years you had a habit of tobacco chewing? And what was the frequency? At what site you used to keep the tobacco? Does the change of color of your gums is limited or it is generalized? Do you have any burning sensation over that site? Any loss of taste?

Above all counter questions are necessary to rule out possibilities, so kindly answer so that we can come to the diagnosis and can plan treatment. I would like to see the images of your concern area that is your gums where you are noticing the change.


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Thank you doctor,

The duration is four years. But not continuously. And I used to dip the tobacco to the gap between the gums and lips. And the color change happened in the past two years. And I have no burning sensations on that area. I can taste all types of foods.

Dr. Disha Kandi Jain

Dentistry Naturopathy Orthodontist
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Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Color change or white patch development is not a good sign.

What all you can do at home are:

1. Strict stoppage of tobacco or alcohol consumption.

2. Eat diet rich in fruits and vegetables.

3. Increased intake of vitamin A supplements.

4. Increased intake of beta carotene supplements.

5. Increase intake of retinoids.

But, as you are stating it is since two years, I advise you to visit your dentist. The dentist will do a clinical checkup. And if it is suspicious then a biopsy will be needed for the lesion.


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