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Front teeth appear gray underneath

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Posted by: Kobyfan  (9 years ago)
Hello,

Lately, I noticed that my bottom front teeth are slightly gray underneath, round the edges. I have a good oral hygiene; I brush and floss twice a day,rinse with mouthwash regularly and visit the dentist twice a year. I really do not know why this is happening. Is this a sign of a tooth decay? I would be grateful for your time in answering my post.
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Posted by: Manchy  (9 years ago)
Do you see slight bleeding when you brush that area at all? Does the gum line look slightly darker than the rest (inflamed)?
If so, I am guessing it might the brushing techniques. Usually plaque would build up near the gum line and an effective brushing technique is needed to "scoop it out" that area. If left un-brushed it might hardens and discolour (i.e turn grey).
By effective I mean angling a small headed soft brush about 45 degree towards the gum line and moving it in small circular strokes to make sure you clean both the tooth surface and the gum.
There is small chance of that being decay as your dentist should have noted that in your last checkup. Please note that "low chance" does not eliminate the possibility of tooth decay or decalcification totally.
If i were you, I would mention this to your dentist when you are in for your check-up.
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