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I have a lot of bumps on my cheeks (not painful unless I bite my cheek though) that I have had for several years.
I checked my mouth for signs of leukoplakia or mouth cancer, and I saw that all around my cheeks/mouth (not just on the bumps) large areas of the skin was kind of cloudy/chalky – slightly lighter shade of pink but not white.
The “bump” areas were not more discolored than other areas (in fact they looked less whitish - more pink).
Would this sound like just normal discoloration plus canker sores that don’t go away? Or could it be leukoplakia/precancer/cancer?
And…..who should I see about this? A doctor (ENT???) or a dentist?

Dear Matt,

From here it sounds like either a "bite line" that is formed by your cheeks compressing between your teeth, or a benign condition called "Nevus" that is more of an inherited tendency.

But from here, I can't look at or feel or test.  So get to your dentist, doctor or oral surgeon, so they can have a look, and perhaps perform a brush biopsy to rule out something more serious.


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