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A couple of days ago I noticed a white spot near the bottom of my mouth, and now there is another one. Any expertise would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

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Michael - white spots in the mouth could be from a number of different causes.  They could be from an irritation.  They could be from a clogged duct from a gland that produces saliva.  It could be an infection of either viral or bacterial in origin.  

A key thing to look for is if there is a slight redness around the spot.  If not, then excessive inflammation is not present.  My suggestion would be to simply begin a warm salt water rinses, with a glass of warm water and 1 teaspoon salt.  Rinse for about 1 full minute 4-5 times a day.  If the problem is an irritation, the area should resolve within 5-7 days.  If not, make an appointment with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to evaluate it.

I hope it is just minor inflammation.  If you have additional questions, feel free to contact me again.

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Joel S. Teig, DMD, Diplomate ABOMS, retired

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I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and I am available to answer questions related to tooth extractions, implant insertion, facial recontruction, facial and oral tumor removal, TMJ dysfunction and various successful treatments, including surgery if all else fails, and occlusal discrepancy requiring orthognathic or jaw surgery.

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Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon practicine for over 20 years. Assistant Clincal Professor and State University School of Dentistry.

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American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

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BA -University of Connecticut DMD - University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

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National Honor Society (OKU), Philadelphia County Dental Society, Mosby Book Award, Oral Surgery Honors, Summa Cum Laude

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