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White spots on inside of mouth

01/07/2008

Question:

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

Answer:

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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Response by:

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