What Are These Bumps on the Top of My Mouth?

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What Are These Bumps on the Top of My Mouth?

Any bump on any body part, it seems, has become a cause for concern among most people. So, if you are worried by the appearance of bumps on the top of your mouth, a highly trusted dentist in Shreveport has the following information to share.

Why do bumps on the top of the mouth appear?

Like most things health-related, nothing is ever so simple and always requires proper examination and diagnosis. The reason you may have those bumps at the roof of your mouth can be simple and harmless so you can reasonably expect the bumps to disappear after some time without the need for medication.

On the other hand, the cause may be serious or require some sort of therapy. So instead of trying to guess what could be wrong, go to your dentists ASAP and find out if the bumps are caused by:

Burns

A bump (or bumps) on the roof of your mouth may simply be caused by a burn after a hot meal such as eating a really hot slice of pizza (that’s why this type of bump is also called a “pizza palate”), coffee or tea and any other food or beverage that can cause similar burns.

This type of burn will usually go away after three days or a week. While the bump is there, try to avoid hard food items and hot beverages. If pain persists beyond seven days, give your dentist a visit.

Canker Sores

While canker sores typically develop inside the cheeks, they can also make an appearance on the top of your mouth. These sensitive round masses of growth may be rooted in a number of causes among which include stress, low immunity, vitamin C deficiency, certain food items and hormone-related causes.

Whatever the cause, “legitimate” canker sores may vex you for over a week and then resolve themselves completely after about two weeks. While living with canker sores, though, you may want to lay off any strong food flavors that can irritate them.

Your Shreveport dentist, Dr. Benjamin Kacos can also prescribe a pain relieving gel to help you manage the pain during the recovery process. Meanwhile, work on managing your stress and stick to a nutritionally complete diet, or take vitamin supplements as needed. If canker sores continue to bother you beyond two weeks, let your dentist examine them again for further treatment.

Cold Sores

Aside from suspecting canker sores, those pesky sores on the roof of your may actually be cold sores. This is caused by the herpes simplex virus which can be transmitted by saliva or skin contact. Types of sores usually manifest themselves on the lips; however, they may also grow on the hard palate.

Unlike canker sores, cold sores can be unsightly. Later on, they rupture and grow a crust. They normally get “crustier” within four days of their onset, and will be fully healed after eight to 10 days.

While at their crusty stage, you should avoid picking on them as this will only delay the healing process. Of course, if they don’t disappear within the specified timeframe, your Shreveport dentist would be the best expert to go to for professional advice and treatment.

Oral Cancer

The thought of oral cancer is, of course, something you’d best avoid. Still, while most sores that form on the roof of the mouth are usually harmless, it’s better to know for certain.

In the case of oral cancer (like most diseases), the earlier the diagnosis, the better. Cancer can still be treated when it is identified early on. So, any suspicious mouth sore that does not heal should be brought to your Shreveport dentist’s attention.

Of course, a series of tests will need to be done, including a biopsy of the affected tissue, to establish unequivocally that it is oral cancer. Our friends at Laurich Dentistry in Livonia, Michigan, once done, treatment can commence right away. This may include surgically removing the affected tissue, and some form of therapy such as radiation or chemotherapy, to ensure the cancer is arrested and does not spread to neighboring tissues.

Don’t assume the worst

There are many other possible causes of sores in the roof of your mouth. Such as smoking, dental issues, allergic reactions and other types of growth not as serious as cancer, and more similar to canker and cold sores in terms of their severity.

The best thing to do is to drop by your Shreveport dentist’s clinic and find out the root cause.

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