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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
I Smoke and See a Black Spot on My Gums
I chipped one of my teeth by hitting my head and I noticed a small little black spot on my gum but I also smoke. Is the black spot bad?
There are several reasons for black spots to develop in the mouth, including use of certain medicines or even cigarettes. Most mouth spots are benign and not serious, but there is one rare exception called oral melanoma that is related to the skin cancer of the same name.
Because of this unlikely possibility, I recommend you see your dentist or a dental specialist such as an oral and maxillofacial pathologist or surgeon for a personal consultation.
Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University