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Hello,

I recently noticed a tiny red spot on my gums (smaller than a pinhead), right at the base of my front lower tooth (the corner of it). My gums are not hurting nor do they bleed. This spot also does not bleed. It looks like the gum but part of it is red as if a blood vessel or capillary or something burst. When I press on it, it temporarily changes color back to pink like my gums and then goes back to being the red color. I notice it more after brushing. I get regular check ups and I don't know if I did not notice it before or they did not, so I was going to ask at my next check up in February. Of course I "googled" this to see if anyone else had the same thing and nothing met the mark. Please advise :)

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Dear Eva , I can't say what it is without an examination but I will offer some possibilities. I could be a small hemangioma, or a small area of inflammation, since both might blanch and look pinker when pressed. When we see a lesion in our office on a patient usually the best way to diagnose is to have a biopsy done, since this will most likely result in a definite diagnosis by an oral pathologist.

I feel that a patient has gingival inflammation, I suggest improving that they improve their toothbrushing in the area to see whether the red area goes away.

In any case, your best approach is to ask your dentist in February to see what he thinks it is.  

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Lawrence Spindel DDS, www.lspindeldds.com

Expertise

Cosmetic Dentistry, Endodontics, General Dentistry, Preventive Dentistry, Comprehensive Dental Care

Experience

Former Clinical Instructor of Comprehensive Dentistry, and Prosthodontic Department New York University School of Dentistry. Also former instructor of Preventive Dentistry Columbia University School of Dentistry.

Publications
Ask Dr Spindel Dental Blog also numerous articles on http://www.lspindeldds.com (over 100 pages of original content)

Education/Credentials
1980 DDS New York University College of Dentistry 1981 GPR Manhattan VA Hospital

Awards and Honors
OKU 1980 Honor Society 1980 Long Island Academy of Odontology award for highest combined Academic and Clinical Achievement.
In 1997 he was elected to Fellowship into the International Academy for Dental Facial Esthetics

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