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What Does a Red Spot on the Gums Indicate?

Posted on 6/15/2024 by Dr. Frank K. Sioda
a close up of healthy gums and pearly teethThere are several possible reasons for a red patch on the gums. It could be a minor irritant from something you ate, such as a piece of popcorn or a sharp chip that got too close to your gums. If you do your regular oral hygiene, as you should, the red spot could also mean irritation from overly forceful brushing or flossing.

Causes of a Red Spot on the Gums

More serious conditions, like infection or gum disease, are also possible. It is advisable to monitor it to see whether it disappears on its own or continues. It is best to get help from professionals if it is bothering you and is persistent. Your dentist can check the site, examine it, and identify the cause of the red spot.

Is Having Spots on Gums Normal?

Tiny lumps or marks on your gums due to a bruise or skin mole are typically called spots. These usually do not pose a significant threat. You might have brushed too hard or eaten something that caused it. However, there are instances when it could indicate gum disease or even a more severe condition like oral cancer.

Your gums are typically pink, but dark brown or black stains occasionally appear. In most cases, there is no need to worry about this. It might result from harmless bruises or moles. To make sure everything is okay, it is a good idea to see your dentist if you notice any changes in your gums, particularly if they become painful or sticky.

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Are you worried about a red spot that has recently developed on your gums? The spot may be harmless, but there could also be a serious cause. You can only get it ruled out by a dentist. Our dentist is dedicated to giving patients the best care possible in a supportive and compassionate setting. Call or email to make an appointment today.
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Dr. Frank Sioda
18676 Willamette Dr. Suite 202
West Linn, OR 97068-1718

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