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White spots on inside of mouth



Small white spots about the size of a pen point on the inside of the mouth/cheek, what might that be?


If these white spots are asymptomatic (don't hurt or itch), and they don't rub off, then they could be what are known as Fordyce granules. These are a common variation of normal and are found in nearly 80% of adults to some degree. They represent little oil glands (sebaceous glands) and are completely harmless. If the spots rub off, then you might have oral candidiasis (yeast infection; thrush). Evaluation by an oral pathologist would provide a quick and accurate diagnosis.

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Carl M Allen, DDS, MSD Carl M Allen, DDS, MSD
Professor Emeritus of Oral Pathology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University