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Raised lines inside the cheeks. No pain. White substance formed. What are these?

There is a strange slightly-raised horizontal line inside the cheeks of my mouth. I think it might be whitish but it's hard to tell as it's difficult to look at in the mirror. They aren't sore so they don't hurt me at all, but if I lick along the inner sides of my mouth I can feel them there - they feel kind of like scars but that's not what I think they are. If I stick my finger in and scratch/rub at them a little to see if they can come off a bit of white stuff comes off with them? They've been there for about a week now or at least that's as long as since I've noticed..Do you know what they are?
Asked On : Thu, 11 Apr 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
The problem you are having is due to chronic irritation of the cheeks by the occlusion of your teeth. The white line on your cheeks is a normal feature seen in many individuals at the level of occlusion of teeth and it is known as linea alba buccalis. Pl do not do anything over it.

Answered: Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for asking the quey,

White lines inside the cheeks can be due to chronic irritation occured due to cheek biting, which is getting infected now.
I would suggest you to visit a Dentist and get the checkup done, look for any sharp edges of the tooth,if present get selective grinding done.

Other than this it can be due to use of tobacco, smoking, vitamin deficiencies, low immunity,bacterial and viral infections.

Take multivitamin tablets.
Avoid eating of hot and spicy foodstuffs for some time.
Maintain a good oral hygiene, use antiseptic mouthwash gargles twice daily.

Hope this helps out.

Answered: Fri, 19 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response

Hello there ,

Thanks for writing your query,

Appearance of white lines or scars on the cheek mucosa indicates inflammation may be due to chronic cheek biting , Ulceration due to truama or fungal infections like oral CAndidiasis.

exact diagnosis can be made only after clinical examination and evaluation by a dentist.

It may be caused due to several reasons like deficiency or certain vitamins especially vitamin B12 and vitamin C.

Maintain good oral hygiene by practicing regular mouth rinsing with lukewarm saline water or antiseptic mouthwash like betadine or chlorhexidine.

start with multivitamin supplements for 7 to 10 days and vitamin C lozenges will help in resolving the problem.

avoid alcohol , carbonated drinks , tobacco chewing and smoking as these may worsen the area affected.

Apply oral antiseptic ,analgesic ointments like dentogel or mucogel topically over the affected area.

i hope this helps,

take care.
Answered: Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Sivaji Kavuri's  Response

According to your presentation it can be diagnosed as follows,

These horizontal thin streak of white line which occur along the biting plane occur due to varoius reasons such as
a.Frictional irritation
b.cheek biting
c.trying to suck facial surfaces along biting plane
d.tobacco chewing

This condition is called as LINEA ALBA, and It is usually present on both sides and usually asymptomatic and no need to worry about.

Its better for you to visit a dentist if you are felling any irritational sensation or it can be prevented by limiting the above if its due to those.

Hope so it will help you out,

Thank you.

Answered: Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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