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Gums (Definition)

Gum are the pink soft tissue that forms a collar around our teeth, that collar acts as a gasket of sorts that protects the tooth roots and the bone that ...Read more


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There's a tiny red spot on my gums in the wisdom tooth area, though I already took it out. It really hurts in that area, what could be wrong?

There's a tiny red spot on my gums in the wisdom tooth area, though I already took it out. It really hurts in that area, what could be wrong?

Get checked: Get checked by a dentist, rule out unresolved infection in the bone associated with the extracted wisdom tooth, or perhaps infection from an adjacent tooth draining to the extraction site. Alternatively, it could be either bone from the extraction site or even tooth structure that fractured during the extraction. ...Read more

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I had a black spot on my gum over my wisdom tooth it filled up with blood popped and now I have a red spot anything?

I had a black spot on my gum over my wisdom tooth it filled up with blood popped and now I have a red spot anything?

Not likey: Sounds like you had a small collection of blood. Should be no problem, However it sounds like your wisdom tooth is at least partially impacted. See an oral surgeon for advice about wisdom teeth removal. ...Read more

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I have a small red spot on my gum above my tooth on the top left side from the middle of my mouth it is about the third tooth over. No pain associated?

I have a small red spot on my gum above my tooth on the top left side from the middle of my mouth it is about the third tooth over. No pain associated?

See Dentist: Sorry, could be many things, most not concerning, but potential to be marker of significant issue. Needs looked at to evaluate properly. ...Read more

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I have a small red spot on my gum near my teeth and I'm worried. I just saw it today in the morning and my gums don't hurt or any thing. Gingivitis?

I have a small red spot on my gum near my teeth and I'm worried. I just saw it today in the morning and my gums don't hurt or any thing. Gingivitis?

Small rest spot: This might be as simple as an irritation from food or the bristles of a toothbrush. However, it CAN NOT be diagnosed over the internet, sight unseen. You will need to see your own dentist to determine what it is and if it requires any treatment. When was your last dental exam? Perhaps you are due anyway. ...Read more

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I have a white spot on gum above tooth no redness or pain and I also have a sore throat. What could it be?

I have a white spot on gum above tooth no redness or pain and I also have a sore throat. What could it be?

See below: Could be totally unrelated, see your dentist for a definitive diagnosis, if not dentally related will be referred to your MD. ...Read more

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I, m having red spot on my front tooth. I, m also a smoker, as I use to smoke about 15 times a day. Give me the solution plz?

I, m having red spot on my front tooth. I, m also a smoker, as I use to smoke about 15 times a day. Give me the solution plz?

See your dentist: People who smoke are more likely to have tooth
decay, gum disease, tooth loss and oral cancer than people who do not smoke. See your dentist and use this great opportunity to stop smoking permanently. ...Read more

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My gum above a crowned RC tooth became inflamed and painful after I flossed last week. Red w a whitish spot right on the gum surrounding tooth???

My gum above a crowned RC tooth became inflamed and painful after I flossed last week. Red w a whitish spot right on the gum surrounding tooth???

Canker sore: Is the most common oral lesions. Most ulcers, infections will clear up by themselves within a week or two. You should see your GP or dentist if the ulcer gets worse or lasts for longer than 2 weeks. ...Read more

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I have a red spot beside upper last tooth on both side near the jaw. It doesn't bother me in anyway and I don't know how long it has been there. Should I be concerned?

I have a red spot beside upper last tooth on both side near the jaw. It doesn't bother me in anyway and I don't know how long it has been there. Should I be concerned?

Get Checked: Without more information and a visual of the area, it would be difficult to render a diagnosis. As you describe no symptoms other than a red discoloration as well as unknown duration, a clinical exam with your dentist could provide you with more definitive information/diagnosis. ...Read more

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My 10 year old daughter has a small painless red spot above her front tooth that bleeds when brushing?

My 10 year old daughter has a small painless red spot above her front tooth that bleeds when brushing?

Needs to be examined: Very, very difficult to diagnose without a visual and a radiograph. Was the tooth ever traumatized? Does it have a deep restoration? These questions need to be answered before a diagnosis can be rendered. See a local dentist who can actually examine your daughter. No pain does not mean no problem. ...Read more

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Is some redness on the gums normal for a while after tooth extraction? I have no pain, just some red spots.

Normal post-op: Erythema (red nessof the tissue) is one of the normal cardinal signs of inflammation that occur after a procedure, such as an extraction.
If pain, swelling or fever occur, consult the treating dentist. ...Read more

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I am concerned about a red spot on my lower gum. Would like to know if this may be a sign of oral cancer.?

I am concerned about a red spot on my lower gum. Would like to know if this may be a sign of oral cancer.?

Risk: At your age unless you are a heavy smoker or abuse alcohol, cancer risk is low. To be absolutely sure, and for peace of mind, see your Dentist, especially if it doesn't disappear in about 10 days. ...Read more

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My 5 y/o has good oral hygiene. Today she got a bright red spot on her gums, like a bubble & extra flap of gums. It's irritating her but not extreme.

My 5 y/o has good oral hygiene. Today she got a bright red spot on her gums, like a bubble & extra flap of gums. It's irritating her but not extreme.

Different reasons: If on the gum area on top of the tooth could be abscess/if on back could be errupting permanent tooth. And a list of different reasons so she should see her dentist. ...Read more

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Bright red spot on back of gums, no current pain, but throbbing pain off and on last couple years, lasts few hours-days goes away for weeks at a time.

Check it out: This needs to be checked by your dentist. May be low grade infection, possibly indication for root canal. then again it may be a simple hemangioma. it is hard to tell with the limited info provided. Please check it out! ...Read more

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What does a non painful red spot on your gum means.?

It depends: It depends on how long has it been there. If recent, it may not mean anything other that mechanical irritation. If present for more than 14 days, it could be any number of things and you need to see your dentist. ...Read more

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Red spot on soft palate. I'm not sure if it's due to a gum disease or due to oral sex or drinking?

Red spot on soft palate. I'm not sure if it's due to a gum disease or due to oral sex or drinking?

Red spot on palate: The red spot could be caused by any of the things you suggested. Best thing to do would be to visit your dentist if the spot does not disappear within 5-7 days and have the dentist check it out. ...Read more

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I have red nerves inside the mouth near gums and uvula also has a red spot on it. Also I found pink bumps on the back of my tongue. Pls suggest?

I have red nerves inside the mouth near gums and uvula also has a red spot on it. Also I found pink bumps on the back of my tongue. Pls suggest?

How do you feel?: If you feel fine and what you report are incidental findings, everything is probably normal or at least within normal boundaries. The pink bumps are papillae, most likely circumvallate papillae- Google it) and have slight redness on the back of your throat might indicate irritation, allergies, etc. And nothing to be overly concerned about. However, if you're not feeling well, see your physician. ...Read more

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They're some tender red spot on the roof of my mouth on the left side, my gums were swollen for a day. My gum has been hurting 3 days now. Help?

They're some tender red spot on the roof of my mouth on the left side, my gums were swollen for a day. My gum has been hurting 3 days now. Help?

Many Possibilities: Could be a host of issues including a burn, a cut, food impaction between your teeth, or an infection. This is best diagnosed visually by a local physician or dentist. Please call for an appointment. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a small tender red spot in my mouth on my upper gums it's been lasting for 3 days now, should I go an see a doctor? What could this be?

Hi, I have a small tender red spot in my mouth on my upper gums it's been lasting for 3 days now, should I go an see a doctor? What could this be?

Aphthous ulcer: Without examination it is hard to tell but sounds like an aphthous ulcer. It should get better on its own in 2-4 days but if it does not then seek medical help ...Read more

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I have little red spots on my gum just above my one front tooth. What's this sound like?

I have little red spots on my gum just above my one front tooth. What's this sound like?

Virus: Small red spots could be a viral out break. Should be short duration and gradually go away over a week to 10 days.

One red spot high up toward the tip of the root could be a drainage site from an abscess. ...Read more

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I have small red spots near my tooth at the back of my gum and it is hard to eat on that side and it is very painful when I brush it.

I have small red spots near my tooth at the back of my gum and it is hard to eat on that side and it is very painful when I brush it.

Small red dots: Sorry but that could one of a hundred things. There is way too little information to even make a stab at a correct diagnosis. Please see your local dentists for help. ...Read more

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After brushing my teeth I noticed several white spots with a red outer rim on my gums, they hurt a little. The one closer to the tooth is bigger?

After brushing my teeth I noticed several white spots with a red outer rim on my gums, they hurt a little. The one closer to the tooth is bigger?

Too many things.....: Depending on how long these have been present, there are too many possibilities of what this might represent - you should have this condition examined and properly diagnosed before taking any chances on what someone might suggest it is. Categories this could fall into include viral, inflammatory, bacterial, etc - not worth guessing - get an exam done at your dentist (get one if you don't have now ...Read more

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Had a tooth extraction 6days ago upper left side... My question is why do I have 4 red spots on the gums and sore where the Dr. Pulled the tooth....

Had a tooth extraction 6days ago upper left side... My question is why do I have 4 red spots on the gums and sore where the Dr. Pulled the tooth....

Call your dentist: After an extraction it is normal to have some discomfort and the socket will take several weeks to look normal, you need to see the dentist so he can see exactly what you mean by 4 red points, can tell over the internet. ...Read more

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I have a red spot above my two front teeth doesn't hurt unless I touch it?

I have a red spot above my two front teeth doesn't hurt unless I touch it?

See DDS first: Go see your dentist for a clinical examination complete with a radiograph. Variables may include, trauma, caries, and or periodontal issues. If the dentist does not find that this is related to any dental issues, you may be referred to your MD. ...Read more

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I have a red spot between my teeth. I think it is a cut from floss. Will it heal on its own?

Usually: If it is not gone in a week, advise dental visit to assure that nothing is stuck under the gum tissue ...Read more

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Gum in between teeth has small bright red streaks. Very painful whiteish spot under gum skin a bit below red streaks. Gum not bleeding when flossed.

Gum in between teeth has small bright red streaks. Very painful whiteish spot under gum skin a bit below red streaks. Gum not bleeding when flossed.

Lesion: Any lesion must be examined to be diagnosed. Whether the lesion is on your toes, your elbow, or your gums, it must be visualized, palpated, explored, to be understood. Only with comprehensive diagnosis can treatment plan be properly formulated. ...Read more

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Little red spot side of tongue on sat, looked gone sun, now tues same spot now white, same size. Worry? See dentist? Grind teeth at night, anxiety.

Little red spot side of tongue on sat, looked gone sun, now tues same spot now white, same size. Worry? See dentist? Grind teeth at night, anxiety.

Yes see a dentist: Anxiety also causes in some cases tongue thrusting along with bringing the teeth at night, that can cause the minor cuts at the tongue edge that turns into sours later on.
You should see a dentist to have a night guard made for you and seek other solutions like selective grinding of teeth to meet properly. ...Read more