Q. Does HPV causes bumps on gums?

Answered by
Dr. Kandi Disha Dnyanendra
and medically reviewed by Dr. Chithranjali Ravichandran
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 04, 2021 and last reviewed on: Sep 06, 2022

Hi doctor,

Does HPV cause bumps on gums? I noticed that I had little bumps or papillomas on my gums a couple of months ago. It was primarily in the front of my gums, and now it is also seen in the back as well. I also bleach my teeth regularly with at-home bleach strips. Could that cause irritation or bumps on my gum? I have a current case of HPV.




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I have gone through your query and attachment. But attachments are not that clear to see the kind of growth (attachments removed to protect patient's identity).

Oral HPV (human papilloma virus) shows signs and symptoms of papillomatous growth, mostly on lips, tonsils, soft palate, and tongue. There are chances that they may occur on sites apart from this. They are red, bumpy growth, most commonly fleshy in appearance.

Causes of Oral HPV are:

1) Oral sex.

2) Sex with multiple partners.

3) Deep kissing.

4) Sharing contaminated glass and bottles.

5) Drinking alcohol.

6) Smoking cigarettes.

Bleaching frequently on teeth or the continuous irritations of bleaching agents on soft tissue like gingiva may give these bumps-like appearances on it. Contact of bleaching agent with gums may give painful bumps. Do your bumps give pain?

When the whitening solution comes in contact with your lips, cheeks, or gums, then it irritates soft tissue. In extreme cases, they give the gingiva or any soft tissue an inflamed, red appearance, and at times gingiva may bleed.

So, are your gums red, inflamed, or painful, or you having bleeding from that site?

Do you have any difficulty in swallowing?

Any growth (painful or painless) in the mouth which is there for more than a month or weeks?

Any growth or small bumps in the soft palate or lips, or tonsils?

Clinical examination and the above details are necessary for the final diagnosis of your case.

Kindly get back with the above details for further discussion.

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