Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 20

Thread: Oral Cancer Fears....Need advice!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2021
    Posts
    120

    Unhappy Oral Cancer Fears....Need advice!

    So I've noticed that the inner lining of my mouth/cheek is kind of dry. You know how it's supposed to be smooth? So the right side feels like rough/patchy/dry? It feels like when you suck on a candy for too long on one side. Does anyone know what I am talking about. It feels like that and I have noticed that it's been there for maybe 1-2 months?
    On the left side seems like a smaller patch/part of it and I can kind of see it. Same dryish rough feeling. But otherwise, without shining a light or really looking for it, the color is otherwise normal.
    I am a little concerned because why do I have these? I did some digging around on Reddit and have seen very few posts with people having similar. I am wondering if it's maybe me biting my cheek at night, or the toothpaste I use or my wisdom teeth causing it? I just got them out today.
    What could it be? I also read about about things more serious (like oral cancer) but that would be unlikely (i hope) because i am young, have no family history and am otherwise healthy and go to routine checkup and I heard it's pretty rare and more common amongst older individuals.

    Kind of freaking out....

    Last edited by nomorepanic; 12-05-22 at 20:28. Reason: removed pics

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Posts
    107

    Re: Oral Cancer Fears....Need advice!

    Quote Originally Posted by tsmc223 View Post
    So I've noticed that the inner lining of my mouth/cheek is kind of dry. You know how it's supposed to be smooth? So the right side feels like rough/patchy/dry? It feels like when you suck on a candy for too long on one side. Does anyone know what I am talking about. It feels like that and I have noticed that it's been there for maybe 1-2 months?
    On the left side seems like a smaller patch/part of it and I can kind of see it. Same dryish rough feeling. But otherwise, without shining a light or really looking for it, the color is otherwise normal.
    I am a little concerned because why do I have these? I did some digging around on Reddit and have seen very few posts with people having similar. I am wondering if it's maybe me biting my cheek at night, or the toothpaste I use or my wisdom teeth causing it? I just got them out today.
    What could it be? I also read about about things more serious (like oral cancer) but that would be unlikely (i hope) because i am young, have no family history and am otherwise healthy and go to routine checkup and I heard it's pretty rare and more common amongst older individuals.

    Kind of freaking out....

    I have oddities in my cheeks as well. Rough sandpaper patches and things like that. But I've had them for years so I figure they must be harmless. Nothing that has turned out to be cancerous and when I've gone to the dentist they've said nothing about them. I think it's probably just dryness or where you place your teeth or a little bit of grinding or biting etc. I didn't notice much of anything in the pictures that stood out as worrisome (as a non-doctor).

    Outside of this: Rule #1 is do not google or go to reddit or any website for that matter to explore diseases. Stop using the internet for health related concerns.

    If you have an anxiety disorder, the chances are damn near certain in this instance that you're fine. Checking with a doctor is a sure-fire way to figure out if your cheeks are fine. But from everything you posted here, it 100% sounds like just anxiety and nothing more.
    Last edited by nomorepanic; 12-05-22 at 20:28. Reason: removed pics

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2021
    Posts
    120

    Re: Oral Cancer Fears....Need advice!

    Quote Originally Posted by StarsDie View Post
    I have oddities in my cheeks as well. Rough sandpaper patches and things like that. But I've had them for years so I figure they must be harmless. Nothing that has turned out to be cancerous and when I've gone to the dentist they've said nothing about them. I think it's probably just dryness or where you place your teeth or a little bit of grinding or biting etc. I didn't notice much of anything in the pictures that stood out as worrisome (as a non-doctor).

    Outside of this: Rule #1 is do not google or go to reddit or any website for that matter to explore diseases. Stop using the internet for health related concerns. It doesn't seem to be concerning because you can't really see it unless I point it out I guess but I can feel it and it's concerning to me that it's on both sides of my mouth.


    If you have an anxiety disorder, the chances are damn near certain in this instance that you're fine. Checking with a doctor is a sure-fire way to figure out if your cheeks are fine. But from everything you posted here, it 100% sounds like just anxiety and nothing more.

    Thank you for your reply! It was reassuring to hear that. Rough sandpaper patches... sounds similar I suppose. Is it more so you feel it with your tongue but not so much with your hand? The best way I can describe it to me is if you keep a piece of candy in one part of ur mouth for a long, the area almost feels dry or pruney i guess?

    I wonder if it could be my mouthwash / toothpaste / not drinking enough water / or having impacted wisdom teeth?

    Also, thanks for checking out my pics. You don't think they look concerning? I guess it's difficult to tell since there are no white or really bright red patches but I circled the part Im talking about on my left side that is kind of freaking me out:

    It does kind of align with the shape of my back molars so I wonder if it's when I bit my cheek but then why is it dry on the other side as well? Idk,, Im freaked out a bit and I am only 23.... which I know is not common for oral cancer :(
    Last edited by nomorepanic; 12-05-22 at 20:29. Reason: pics removed

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Posts
    107

    Re: Oral Cancer Fears....Need advice!

    Quote Originally Posted by tsmc223 View Post
    Thank you for your reply! It was reassuring to hear that. Rough sandpaper patches... sounds similar I suppose. Is it more so you feel it with your tongue but not so much with your hand? The best way I can describe it to me is if you keep a piece of candy in one part of ur mouth for a long, the area almost feels dry or pruney i guess?

    I wonder if it could be my mouthwash / toothpaste / not drinking enough water / or having impacted wisdom teeth?

    Also, thanks for checking out my pics. You don't think they look concerning? I guess it's difficult to tell since there are no white or really bright red patches but I circled the part Im talking about on my left side that is kind of freaking me out:

    It does kind of align with the shape of my back molars so I wonder if it's when I bit my cheek but then why is it dry on the other side as well? Idk,, Im freaked out a bit and I am only 23.... which I know is not common for oral cancer :(
    That "pruney" sucking on a candy for too-long sensation is exactly how the inside of my cheeks feel. I have sometimes wondered about it throughout the years, but generally nothing has come of it all this time. Including from doctor visits and dentist visits.

    The picture looks maybe like there's a bit of inflammation. Sometimes I get red patches in my mouth like that. Seems pretty normal.

    Honestly looks like a normal mouth. Possibly even better than normal. My mouth has a lot more patches in them than yours it seems. I have weird white indentations from where my teeth rest. All stuff that has become more prominent with age. I've seen older peoples mouths, and they tend to look even more messy and jagged haha. I can only assume that it's part of aging, and a bunch of weird benign things just pop up on you. For me and my health anxiety, whenever one of these aging things happen I go on high alert.

    Happens a lot, but I'm getting a better grasp on how the cycle works.
    Last edited by nomorepanic; 12-05-22 at 20:29. Reason: pics removed

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    , , United Kingdom.
    Posts
    46,216

    Re: Oral Cancer Fears....Need advice!

    No pictures please.
    __________________
    Nicola

    ďDon't be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don't have to live forever, you just have to live.Ē - Natalie Babbitt

    Please help keep NMP running and donate to the running costs: http://www.nomorepanic.co.uk/donate




  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2021
    Posts
    120

    Re: Oral Cancer Fears....Need advice!

    bump

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Posts
    3,849

    Re: Oral Cancer Fears....Need advice!

    If you just had your wisdom teeth out, Iím pretty sure that the surgeon would have commented if the inside of your mouth looked a bit weird.
    Iím
    Sure itís nothing, but do get it checked if it continues to bother you.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2021
    Posts
    120

    Ethryoplakia? Red patch and dry in inner cheek?

    For a few weeks now I have had dry patches on the inner lining of my cheeks in my mouth. When I look, there seems to be a red spot which is where I feel the dryness. I just recenetly got my wisdom teeth out and a few days after I got them out, my cheek lining seemed to be back to normal with no patches, but now I can feel them again.

    This is what it looks like: (link removed by admin)

    What could it be? Is it possible it's friction from the teeth when I sleep? I usually wear a retainer but haven't been wearing it and now notice it could be that or does this sound like ethryoplakia? I am freaking out. I am seeing my dentist tomorrow but am scared...
    Last edited by nomorepanic; 27-05-22 at 11:42.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2020
    Posts
    63

    Re: Ethryoplakia? Red patch and dry in inner cheek?

    Not a doctor or a dentist but that just looks like irritation to me. Have had that same thing come and go over the years. Iím sure your dentist will put your mind at ease.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2021
    Posts
    120

    Re: Ethryoplakia? Red patch and dry in inner cheek?

    Quote Originally Posted by rc906 View Post
    Not a doctor or a dentist but that just looks like irritation to me. Have had that same thing come and go over the years. I’m sure your dentist will put your mind at ease.
    You think so? That's reassuring... did yours also feel dry? Almost like after you suck on a candy and your inner cheek gets dry. I am hoping it is just irritation.... I am only 23.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Going crazy with fears of oral cancer..
    By Tiatyrah in forum Health Anxiety
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: 16-02-19, 02:56
  2. Question about oral cancer fears
    By Howanxious in forum Health Anxiety
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 27-09-18, 02:31
  3. Oral Cancer/Mouth Cancer fears? Read this
    By LouiseAndy in forum Health Anxiety
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-05-18, 20:11
  4. Oral Cancer fears
    By UKmamainUS in forum Health Anxiety
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 07-05-17, 23:07
  5. Oral Cancer fears
    By ben74 in forum Symptoms
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 05-08-08, 16:14

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •