white spots in mouth

Orange City and Deltona, FL

Are there white spots appearing in your mouth? They could be mouth lesions—signs of a potentially serious problem with your oral health, or even oral cancer. Most white spots occur when the tissue in your mouth thickens in response to some form of an irritant. However, some white spots may indicate the presence of an infection or disease. These white spots may be firmer than the surrounding tissue because of this scar tissue thickening. Figuring out what might be the irritant in your mouth is a great place to start when deciding how to deal with and understand the white spots in the mouth, and if you might need your white spots in Orange City treated by a dentist like Terry Soule, DDS.

The common causes of white spots in the mouth are:

  • Smoking
  • A poorly-fitted denture causing repeated rubbing
  • Repeated rubbing from chewing food on gums in an area where teeth have been lost
  • Chronic cheek biting
  • As a symptom of a yeast infection known as thrush
  • Lichen Planus (an autoimmune disease)
  • Syphilis
  • Oral cancer

What’s causing your white spots?

The risk factors listed above sometimes can be related. People who smoke are more susceptible to yeast infections of the mouth, or thrush. So are people who experience dry mouth or have a weakened immune system. Those yeast infections may appear as white spots in your mouth. Smoking may also cause areas to become irritated which, by itself, can lead to white spots even without the presence of a yeast infection. Different kinds of trauma also can cause irritation. These traumas can occur from ill-fitting dentures, teeth grinding, or when food rubs against the boney ridge area where teeth have been removed.

Location, size, and duration are all important in determining if spots are caused by trauma or disease. If a disease such as a yeast infection is causing the spots in your mouth, the infection is likely to worsen if left untreated. If it is caused by one of the many possible traumas, then it’s also very likely that the damage will worsen as time passes. In the rare occurrence of cancer, it can lead to disfigurement or death if not diagnosed and completely treated in a timely manner.

Treating mouth lesions in Orange City

Obtaining an early diagnosis is the best possible way to prevent these white spots from creating further health complications, and allows you the peace of mind we want to bring to all of the patients. The most important way to keep these white spots from causing turmoil in your mouth is to have regular oral exams that include oral cancer screenings. If white spots in your mouth persist for longer than a week, then you should contact Terry Soule DDS, as this could become an urgent health issue. Dr. Terry Soule can identify what is causing these spots to form. Contact our office and make an appointment today by calling (386) 775-1552.