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what would cause brown black stains on the gums of a child of 3 years

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the black brown stains on the gums are on both top and bottom gums.  It is the gum that is not nearest the teeth.  The child is 3 1/2 years old.  He was a premature baby.
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Sometimes a child's mouth become colonized by a strain of bacteria that exhibits a color stain.  The teeth need to be cleaned and then purged of the colored bacteria.  Sometimes they are very persistent.  This may be a job for your dentist.  One way to change the oral bacteria population is the long term 4x/day use of a Xylitol chewing gum produced by Epic or Spry, or Emerald Forest. 

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 Good Luck!--Dr.R.

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