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I have a white spot on my inner lip of my mouth. It's been there for a few days. It feels like a cut and hurts when I touch it. Should I be concerned? Anything I can do to stop the discomfort?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
11 doctors agree

In brief: Don't worry

probably canker sore.
Self limiting. Try dabbing on a little Bezocaine in Orabase (OTC) with a Q-tip. Take Ibuprofen/Advil/Motrin. Should be gone in 7-10 days. The caveat is any white spy that persists beyond 2 weeks should be evaluated by your Dentist.

In brief: Don't worry

probably canker sore.
Self limiting. Try dabbing on a little Bezocaine in Orabase (OTC) with a Q-tip. Take Ibuprofen/Advil/Motrin. Should be gone in 7-10 days. The caveat is any white spy that persists beyond 2 weeks should be evaluated by your Dentist.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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8 doctors agree

In brief: Lidocaine ointment

This could be chancre sore or herpes ulcer or just traumatic injury to tissue.
OTC lidocaine ointment like orajel can help but these usually resolve by themselves in a few days. Check with your dentist if it persists

In brief: Lidocaine ointment

This could be chancre sore or herpes ulcer or just traumatic injury to tissue.
OTC lidocaine ointment like orajel can help but these usually resolve by themselves in a few days. Check with your dentist if it persists
Dr. Anthony Sharber
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Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Likely an ulcer

Could be a number of things but most commonly is an apthous ulcer.
These generally resolve within 10-14 days on their own. If it doesn't start to get better after 1-2 weeks you should see a doctor. They can be pretty tender and painful for a few days, a topical anesthetic from your local pharmacy may give you temporary relief for a few minutes at a time which may help when eating. Best of luck!

In brief: Likely an ulcer

Could be a number of things but most commonly is an apthous ulcer.
These generally resolve within 10-14 days on their own. If it doesn't start to get better after 1-2 weeks you should see a doctor. They can be pretty tender and painful for a few days, a topical anesthetic from your local pharmacy may give you temporary relief for a few minutes at a time which may help when eating. Best of luck!
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
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Dr. Rajesh Kumar
It helps to avoid salty foods,acidic foods (like oranges, orange juices) & Fizzy drinks (containing carbonic acid and-are likely to burn). All alkali foods (like milk and milk products) will be easily handled. It is sometimes advisable to temporarily (1week) stop brushing one's teeth as that may aggravate the ulcer- using toothpaste on finger to rub teeth clean and gargles to keep mouth clean.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Mouth sore

this area should heal in about a week to 10 days.
In the meantime avoid hard crunchy and spicy foods that irritate the area. OTC canker sore medications. Can help the area feel better

In brief: Mouth sore

this area should heal in about a week to 10 days.
In the meantime avoid hard crunchy and spicy foods that irritate the area. OTC canker sore medications. Can help the area feel better
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Dr. Philip Miller
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Probable canker sore

topical lidocaine or Ambesol should help.
So does local application of Pepto-Bismol and eating yogurt.

In brief: Probable canker sore

topical lidocaine or Ambesol should help.
So does local application of Pepto-Bismol and eating yogurt.
Dr. Philip Miller
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree

In brief: No problem

Probably an aphthous ulcer(cancer sore.
Last 10 -14 days. Try OTC gels from pharmacy. If it fails to resolve see your dentist.

In brief: No problem

Probably an aphthous ulcer(cancer sore.
Last 10 -14 days. Try OTC gels from pharmacy. If it fails to resolve see your dentist.
Dr. Louis Gallia
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Apthous lesion

This is probably an aphthous ulcer(cancer sore).
They last 10 -14 days. If it fails to resolve see your dentist.

In brief: Apthous lesion

This is probably an aphthous ulcer(cancer sore).
They last 10 -14 days. If it fails to resolve see your dentist.
Dr. Richard Durando
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Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Canker sore?

Lot's of possibilities here: could be a cut, like you implied or a canker sore / aphthous ulcer, or multiple other things.
Consider having a doctor of dentist look at it now. If it's unresolved after a few weeks, you' need to see a professional.

In brief: Canker sore?

Lot's of possibilities here: could be a cut, like you implied or a canker sore / aphthous ulcer, or multiple other things.
Consider having a doctor of dentist look at it now. If it's unresolved after a few weeks, you' need to see a professional.
Dr. Gabriel Malouf
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Dr. Robert Douglas
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Cold Sore

Chloraseptic liquid will make it feel better. Don't use benzocaine which might burn the tissue and delay healing

In brief: Cold Sore

Chloraseptic liquid will make it feel better. Don't use benzocaine which might burn the tissue and delay healing
Dr. Robert Douglas
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Visit your dentist

It's common to have aphthous ulcers, lacerations after chewing hard or bony foods.
should heal on their own within 1-2 weeks. If the lesion continues to grow or persists then a possible biopsy is required since it's the only way to achieve proper diagnosis. Regardless of the legion you should bring it to the attention to your dentist. Avoid acid, salty foods and your dentist can prescribe medicine

In brief: Visit your dentist

It's common to have aphthous ulcers, lacerations after chewing hard or bony foods.
should heal on their own within 1-2 weeks. If the lesion continues to grow or persists then a possible biopsy is required since it's the only way to achieve proper diagnosis. Regardless of the legion you should bring it to the attention to your dentist. Avoid acid, salty foods and your dentist can prescribe medicine
Dr. Oswald Cameron-Morales
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Trauma to the lip

I would give the area a week before being concerned.
You may have bit your lip and it may heal on its own. Avoid citrus and spicy foods and try not to bite the area. Check your local drug store to see what the have over the counter ie. ambesol or another topical anesthetic. Your dentist can prescribe something stronger and should check the area if it does not heal.

In brief: Trauma to the lip

I would give the area a week before being concerned.
You may have bit your lip and it may heal on its own. Avoid citrus and spicy foods and try not to bite the area. Check your local drug store to see what the have over the counter ie. ambesol or another topical anesthetic. Your dentist can prescribe something stronger and should check the area if it does not heal.
Dr. Albert E. Klitzke
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In brief: Get is checked

Without looking at it , most likely I would guess that it is an ulcer.
Which will probably go away in a couple of weeks. Keep an eye on it. Use salt water rinses (if they help) Apply topical anesthetic like Ambesol. But Best to go have it checked for peace of mind. See your general dentist, he/she may be able to diagnose it or refer you to appropriate specialist if needed.

In brief: Get is checked

Without looking at it , most likely I would guess that it is an ulcer.
Which will probably go away in a couple of weeks. Keep an eye on it. Use salt water rinses (if they help) Apply topical anesthetic like Ambesol. But Best to go have it checked for peace of mind. See your general dentist, he/she may be able to diagnose it or refer you to appropriate specialist if needed.
Dr. Pavanjit Chhabra
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In brief: No

Could be an ulcer, tear in the fragile covering of the inside the mouth ( called mucosa ) Any tear or trauma to the mucosa results in an ulcer : commonly referred to as canker sores.
These are self limiting & can be quite painful. They heal on their own in 7-10 days. If it lingers much longer than 2 1/2 weeks see what your dentist thinks it is. Coat with milk of magnesia sometimes works.

In brief: No

Could be an ulcer, tear in the fragile covering of the inside the mouth ( called mucosa ) Any tear or trauma to the mucosa results in an ulcer : commonly referred to as canker sores.
These are self limiting & can be quite painful. They heal on their own in 7-10 days. If it lingers much longer than 2 1/2 weeks see what your dentist thinks it is. Coat with milk of magnesia sometimes works.
Dr. Bruce Apfelbaum
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Dr. Jaspreet Dheri
Dentistry

In brief: Not concerning

It can take almost 2 weeks for it to go away.
If it is still there, see your dentist. You can use an OTC oral anesthetic that contains benzocaine to help with the discomfort.

In brief: Not concerning

It can take almost 2 weeks for it to go away.
If it is still there, see your dentist. You can use an OTC oral anesthetic that contains benzocaine to help with the discomfort.
Dr. Jaspreet Dheri
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Dr. Robert Brodsky
Dentistry

In brief: Possibly see a denti

It sounds like a small cut or bite.
If it doesn't heal in about a week, see your dentist.

In brief: Possibly see a denti

It sounds like a small cut or bite.
If it doesn't heal in about a week, see your dentist.
Dr. Robert Brodsky
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In brief: Concerned-see DDS

Need to visualize to comment.
See your dentist for a definitive diagnosis. May be an apthous ulcer or possibly a burn from hot food.

In brief: Concerned-see DDS

Need to visualize to comment.
See your dentist for a definitive diagnosis. May be an apthous ulcer or possibly a burn from hot food.
Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Dr. Thomas Yash
Dentistry

In brief: Little concern

An injury to this area of mouth common like biting lip or bumping mouth.
However, since no injury reported, it might be a canker sore or aphthous ulcer. They can appear to be an open ulcer, white spot with red ring, and other rough surface. White spots in mouth would look like a scab on outer skin. It will resolve in 7-10 days. There are over-the-counter topical agents with local numbing agents.

In brief: Little concern

An injury to this area of mouth common like biting lip or bumping mouth.
However, since no injury reported, it might be a canker sore or aphthous ulcer. They can appear to be an open ulcer, white spot with red ring, and other rough surface. White spots in mouth would look like a scab on outer skin. It will resolve in 7-10 days. There are over-the-counter topical agents with local numbing agents.
Dr. Thomas Yash
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Dr. Gustavo Diaz
Facial Plastic Surgery

In brief: Canker sore

Most probably is a canker sore.
there are several OTC anesthesia preparations for this problem. If it does not get better in 2-3 days, please consult your dentist. Hope this helps.

In brief: Canker sore

Most probably is a canker sore.
there are several OTC anesthesia preparations for this problem. If it does not get better in 2-3 days, please consult your dentist. Hope this helps.
Dr. Gustavo Diaz
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In brief: White spot

If it doesn't subside and disappear in a week or 10 days, see a dentist.

In brief: White spot

If it doesn't subside and disappear in a week or 10 days, see a dentist.
Dr. Armine Nazarian
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Dr. Robert Moretta
Dentistry

In brief: Canker sore

Painful white spots in your mouth are usually canker sores.
Not to be confused with cold sores which are herpes. Canker sores are very common and occur due to stress, injury, and eating certain foods among other things. They are harmless, not contagious and usually take 7 to 10 days to heal. There are many OTC remedies that can relieve the pain and speed healing. Zilactin is one such medication.

In brief: Canker sore

Painful white spots in your mouth are usually canker sores.
Not to be confused with cold sores which are herpes. Canker sores are very common and occur due to stress, injury, and eating certain foods among other things. They are harmless, not contagious and usually take 7 to 10 days to heal. There are many OTC remedies that can relieve the pain and speed healing. Zilactin is one such medication.
Dr. Robert Moretta
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Dr. Joseph Wineman
Dentistry

In brief: White spot

What you describe may be an ulcer-this is caused by a virus and it will normally heal on its own but will take a few days--palliative treatment can be a topical anesthetic gel applied onto the spot or rinsing with salt water. Avoid spicy foods and citrus items.

In brief: White spot

What you describe may be an ulcer-this is caused by a virus and it will normally heal on its own but will take a few days--palliative treatment can be a topical anesthetic gel applied onto the spot or rinsing with salt water. Avoid spicy foods and citrus items.
Dr. Joseph Wineman
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