Cheek Bite

Cheek bite is a condition where there is continued biting of cheeks inside the mouth. It is commonly seen in patients suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. It usually occurs due to stress and anxiety. Repetitive biting of cheeks results in mouth ulcers and sores inside the mouth.

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I have a chronic dull pain in my wisdom tooth region. How to cure it?

Query: Hi doctor, My wisdom tooth has been coming out for two years now, and there has always been a dull pain, but sometimes it gets really bad, and my teeth cut into my cheeks. On days like these, I cannot eat anything or have anything that has too much salt; otherwise, the cuts start to sting. I also ge...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You need to either get one from either side removed or take painkillers until your exam is over. Extraction will not make you ill; you need to spend a day only, and you can do your regular work after a single day. I hope my answer will help you...  Read Full »

I have pain and a white patch near my tooth. Why so?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a white patch and pain near my tooth. The pain is not recurring. Sometimes, a little throat pain occurs on the left side, but nothing alarming. I wanted to mention that I was exposed to cold weather and used to smoke on and off. I am not smoking for the last few days. The white p...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubham Shekhar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. Your upper left wisdom tooth looks to be impacted, and it is also buccally erupted, causing a cheek bite, as you can see white marks. So you need to get an OPG (orthopantomography) X-ray done to clarify if your wisdo...  Read Full »

I have a sore on the tongue after kissing a sex worker. Is it an STD?

Query: Hello doctor,I had kissed a sex worker accidentally in the lips/mouth area. No sexual contact or intercourse happened. I have been very worried for the last few days about catching an STD from the saliva of the female. Now, after three weeks, I have developed a painless red lesion on the side of my ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have noted your concern and I have viewed the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is not anIt is not an STD (sexually transmitted disease). It is perhaps due to pressure from molars. I suggest you take a B Complex vitamin once a day. Regards...  Read Full »

What is the cut in the mouth of a patient with lichen planus?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been diagnosed with oral lichen planus a year back and now I can feel a small cut like thing in mouth again. Can you help me up to diagnose if this is a normal cut or some other thing. I am 30 years old male.  Read Full »

Dr. Himayoon Majeed Mir

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The cut you are referring to seems to be due to cheek bite (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I need to know if there is any pain in the cut or pain on taking any specific food or liquid. I need to know when where you diagnosed with lichen planus. And ...  Read Full »

I have painless pink bumps on my tongue. What could it be?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a small painless pink bump on the left side of my tongue for the past six weeks. I am taking tablets for high blood pressure, acid reflux, cholesterol, over-the-counter allergy tablets, and Theo-24 for asthma. I had done blood test two weeks ago and the results were normal. What co...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I had gone through the photographs (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). You have bilateral nodules on both sides of the tongue. They are of normal color and could be due to traumatic cheek bites or food burns. They are not cancerous. But I suggest g...  Read Full »

I bite my cheek every time during chewing and even during rest. Please help?

Query: Hi doctor, Every time I bite down, I bite my cheek, and it is really painful to eat, which started today. Also, when just resting my mouth, it is painful to close it because I bite a piece of my cheek. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Bhargav Reddy Gutha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Upon review, cheek bit can be the reason; it can be due to the following. 1) Cheek bite could be due to protrusion of tooth outside of the socket, either upper or lower, which brings the cheek in between teeth-probable cause bruxism. 2) Another cause of cheek bite could ...  Read Full »

I have a small dark spot in my mouth. Is this a cause of concern?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a small dark spot in my mouth. Is there something to be worried about?  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It seems like a blood clot due to injury while chewing or eating food; usually, it should go away in a week or two. It also can be a mole if it is present for a long time. Do you have any habit of cheek bite? When did you start observing this black spot? Was there any ...  Read Full »

I bit my cheek while sleeping. What are that hardball-like thing and brown spots inside my mouth?

Query: Hi doctor,While sleeping, I somehow bit my cheek. Then I felt there was a hardball-like thing inside of it. It was not on the surface but inside. When I looked with my flashlight, I also saw tiny brown dots inside of my mouth.  Read Full »

Dr. Rakshana Devi M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I hope you are well. Thanks for approaching icliniq. I saw your query, and I will help you solve your doubts. Cheek biting is seen in bruxism. There are certain appliances for stopping the habit of bruxism. I cannot understand what hardball is? I hope it is...  Read Full »

What are the causes of inner cheek pain?

Query: Hello doctor, My wisdom tooth is a tiny bit crooked so it scraped my cheek. Now the tooth is straighter but still it hurts. What is it?   Read Full »

Dr. Avinash Bettahalli

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The condition which you are reporting is called a cheek bite. I understand that it can be very annoying at times. The main and important cause for cheek bite is irregularly placed (buccally placed, meaning placed towards the cheeks) teeth. The most common teeth or tooth...  Read Full »

Can misaligned teeth cause hyperkeratinization of the cheek?

Query: Hi doctor, My husband has been worrying about some areas in his mouth. He is a non-smoker and has a missing third molar on the bottom and upper two molars on top of the side where the lines are located. He has spots in the mouth due to misaligned teeth. This started happening when he had his upper ...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Those lines are not at all dangerous. Do not worry. They are hyperkeratinization lines that occur due to constant irritation by the movement of teeth against the cheeks while chewing. The exact contact point becomes thick and usually take such whitish color due to hi...  Read Full »

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