When you find a bump on the inside of your cheek it can be alarming at best – and you don’t need any more stress in your life! We examined the possibilities of what that bump might be and tried to find the best treatment options for each situation. Read on to find out more…
Ruling out common bumps on the inside of your cheek
We each have salivary glands in our mouth and these can be found on either side, opposite each other and in line with the top lip, halfway around the cheek. These are totally normal and ought to be there! If these are swollen inside your cheek then you need to see a dentist for treatment.
I have a red bump inside of my cheek – what is it?
There are a few potential causes. First of all it may be a blood blister. These are small, sore blisters which bleed when touched. You may seek a dentist to remove them for treatment but they are ultimately harmless, however, it may be a symptom of other health problems, so get it checked
You may also have a Mucous Cyst presenting as a bump on the inside of the cheek. They can happen anywhere in the mouth and are produced when salivary glands get blocked with mucous.
I have a white bump inside of my cheek – what is it?
A few things can cause white spots on the inside of your cheek. Oral thrush (NHS) is not as uncommon as you would think and can be treated with over the counter medications from a pharmacy. Canker Sores are another common problem which is relatively harmless but can cause white bumps on the inside of your cheek.
Leukoplakia patches can present as white or gray spots on the inner cheek. This causes lesions which eventually thicken to feel like lumps or bumps. Your dentist will want to perform a biopsy to rule out the final cause of white bumps inside of your cheeks – Oral Cancer.
Oral Cancer can produce both red and white lumps on the inside of your cheek – or anywhere else in your mouth. If left untreated this can become fatal and, like other forms of cancer, it can easily spread to there parts of your body. It requires a specialist after diagnosis. If you are concerned that you may have oral cancer you can check out the symptoms here via Cancer Research UK but do seek dental intervention immediately.
If you are worried about either a red or white bump inside of your cheek then we advise that you see your dentist as soon as you can. In the meantime why not bookmark our page and remember us in