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White dots on lips

White dots on lips

Your lips are one of the most prominent features on the face. They help you communicate with others. Lip bumps or white spots can make you self-conscious and hinder your personality development. These bumps are usually not serious and do not need to be addressed. However, it is important to understand the root cause.


There are many reasons why this might happen, some serious, some less so. Take a look at the following:

Fordyce Spots

This is the most common reason. It is small and harmless. Sebaceous glands produce oil and visible force spots. Affected individuals may have up to 100 small, white bumps on their inner sides.

Herpes Simplex

The herpes simplex virus can cause oral herpes. It manifests as white spots or canker sores on your lips and inner cheek cavity and then progresses to fluid-filled blisters.

Oral Cancer

Cancer may cause a white bump or dot to appear flattened or raised. Cancer can be caused by HPV, tobacco use, sun exposure, and the human papillomavirus HPV. Although the bump on the lips is initially painless, it can bleed or become ulcerated.


This is more common in babies. It’s caused by dead skin cells under the skin.

Oral Thrush

This infection can be caused by fungal overload. It causes white lesions on the gums, lips, and mouth. Candida Albicans often cause this.

There are other reasons to put white dots on the lips

Sometimes, the white spots on the lips are just birthmarks.

What is the best time to call for help?

White spots on the lips are not usually a serious problem and require minimal medical attention. If you have any questions, however, please contact us.

  • Painful bumps
  • Bleeding dots, lumps, or bumps
  • That lumpy feeling in your throat
  • Neck swelling or swelling of the jaw
  • Your tongue feels numb
  • Trouble swallowing or chewing
  • Fever and sore throat

White Dots on the lips

The cause and symptoms of white bumps or spots on the lips will determine the treatment. Fordyce spots are not a medical condition. However, if they do grow, you can have them surgically removed.

Thrush can be easily treated with anti-fungal or liquid dedicated mouthwashes. Simply swish and swirl the product until it spits out. To get rid of herpes, you will need antiviral medication. Oral cancers are treated with biopsy.


No matter what treatment you choose, don’t pick the white dots off your lips. These white dots can become an infection site and may cause irritation. Contact Mission Bend Family Dentistry 832-895 5110 if you’re looking for treatment options to treat your lips.

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Bonnie J. Sung

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