Hey guys, I am a 19 year old male college student with a family history of cancer (all three of my grandparents who have passed away did so because of cancer). I also smoke a little bit. I bought my first pack of cigarettes about a month ago, and have probably smoked 8-10 cigarettes this month. So yesterday, I felt a lump in gums directly in front of my lower right lateral incisor. It looks almost like a whitehead, but on my gums. It doesn't really look anything like the pictures of oral ulcers that I've seen, so I'm not sure exactly what it is. If you could please shed some light on what it could be, and how I should treat it, I'd greatly appreciate it.

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 16 - July - 2011, at 11:10 AM

  • It looks like that you have either infected gum or some infection in the tooth. In these cases you have lump in the gums with white head. It is not very painful. If it would have been ulcer, it would be quite painful and the area around it is red but in any case it is not a cancer as the cancerous lesion has typical indurated appearance and it is not within a month and that too smoking just 8-10 cigarattes. So just visit your dentist and get yourself examined. It is difficult to diagnosisi without clinical examination. Till then you can maintain very good oral hygiene and do warm saline rinses. If it is ulcer which is commonly knowns as canker sore, it will heal within 7-10 days as it is self limiting but if it is due to gum infection or infected tooth then you may have pain and swelling afterwards. For more info on canker sore you can read this article..... http://www.identalhub.com/article_canker-sore-234.aspx

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