I keep finding sores in my mouth that I didn’t have when I was dipping. What’s causing it?

FranPro’s Response
First off, I am not a doctor and I do not pretend to know all about oral cancer and sores! What I can tell you based on personal and gathered experience from this site is this; you will go through a ton of changes in your body when you quit. The PH level in your mouth has been altered by your bad habit of dipping, so going through the natural healing process the mouth is adjusting the PH level back to where it should have been for _____ of years. This healing process can produce sores in your mouth that should only last a few days. Also, by adding sunflower seeds and gum to your 20 hour routine will all irritate your mouth and may cause sores as well.

Note: Any sore lasting more than 1 week needs to be checked out by a dentist or a doctor. This is serious shit and should not be taken lightly! You want to know why? Check this out:


Yep, serious shit! That is why you quit. Have any questions? Just look up Outdoortexan on this site and he will tell you the plain truth about oral cancer!

So bottom line is that you will be going through some healing when you quit, some people will develop sores in their mouth for a short time and that is normal. Keep a eye on every sore in your mouth and if it lasts for more than a week have it checked out by a professional.

SOS’s Response
First and foremost, calm down. Secondly, you probably did have them, but the demon had such a hold on you and your mental state that she was able to convince you to just not look! You know, the old “what you can’t see won’t hurt you” mentality. Guess what, more often than not you will find that the sore you see is normal and even people who have never touched tobacco experience the same things. Give it a little time, after several days they will generally go away. Personally speaking, there are a couple of things which cause little sores in my mouth. The main reason being stress. Every time I get majorly stressed over a situation, I get canker sores. Once the stress passes, they go away. And we all know that there can be major stress during your initial quit stages, so don’t panic. Another reason may be cheek biting. Some people do this while placed in a nervous situation, or may do it all the time and just not realize it.

Of course, if a sore sticks around for more than a couple of weeks, it may be worth having it checked by a professional. And if you can’t handle waiting, then by all means have it checked out for peace of mind. But do not feel alone. We have all gone through this and some still do. It is the nature of the beast after you finally Kill the can.

Chewie wrote about the topic of canker sores on the KTC blog
Canker Sores – In The Mind Of A Former Dipper

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  1. Could be some allergic reaction. Or your swallowing the juices and it’s messing with your throat. I started using chew at 12 almost 13, I’m 23 now. I’ve got a big white patch on my gum line, ive constantly got gator lip, my jaw hurts a lot along with my teeth where I put my chew and I go through almost 2 cans a day for the simple reason I chew so much and the amount I pack. My advice for you, stop before you get started. I wish I never did. Like I said, things hurt in my mouth that shouldn’t. My taste is all together different. Don’t chew, drink bong water if you have to, just don’t start this crap.

  2. I am 20 years old. I dipped pretty heavy for I would say 9 months when I was 18 ( guessing back on it, a can a day) once I went to college I stopped and only have had occasional cans here and there (example: I went with out a dip from 11/19/15-1/11/16). I now have a pea sized bump in my mouth where I used to put my chew that is very hard that popped up around summer 2015. I am planning to have my doctor check it out rather than my dentist because my mom quit smoking a little over 6 months ago and my dentist mis-diagnosed her with some bumps in her mouth and my family doctor got it straight. Also I’ve been to the dentist 2 times since I’ve had this bump and I don’t know why but I was too nervous too tell him, and I figured since he didn’t say anything and has taken x-rays of my mouth since, it must be ok.

    Meanwhile I have been freaking out for a long time and just wonder if anyone has had anything like this, I don’t have any pain and it hasn’t got bigger. Also, it is not red or anything. I tried looking stuff up on the internet for the past few months and all i get is pictures of severe mouth cancer and every person saying everything is pretty much cancer (which I feel cannot be true with the statistics).

    I know this is an old post, but I hope an expert can still get back to me on it.

    • Hi Kody – tough to say but I’m guessing you’re fine. I had a slew of things pop up in my mouth after I quit and everything turned out out to be nothing. You’re doing the right thing by going to see your doctor… he’ll be able to check you out and give you some peace of mind.

  3. Ask your doctor or dentist for magic mouth wash also goes by lidocaine. It numbs your mouth and helps with sores.

  4. I quit dipping snuff after 18 yrs I have been quit for almost 3 years and every day it’s a struggle to not buy a can. I chew a lot of sunflower seeds and I get mouth sores now than I ever did dipping snuff

  5. I’m 34 yrs old

  6. Chewed for 17-18 years, im 34 now and have 15days free of chewing under my belt, didn’t have any bad looking or bleeding spots in my mouth when I stopped but decided it was time to quit as kids 3 and 4 are on the way (twins), been using smokey mountain fake chew, helps a ton, I can handle the nic withdrawls but the oral fixation with chewing was killing me so this stuff helped me. Had my Doc check out my mouth after a week free of chew just for a piece of mind, she said it looked fine to her but the only oral cancer experience she had was training classes and internet pictures, so I don’t know what to think about that. Got my first small canker sore in my mouth today, in a spot I didn’t normally chew much (but where I was chewing my fake chew at) looks like a small blister and iv had a slight sore throat since I stopped but nothing that couldn’t be explained by my every night snoring, but from these comments iv read both of those symptoms seem normal, still like the rest of you lots of sleepless nights, either from worry about oral cancer or the nic withdrawls, I cant tell which but I really hope its the 2nd and not the first. Anyway guys keep at it, kick this habit, its a terrible one, and anyone thinking about it, just get it done and over with, no need to die of oral cancer.

  7. I have been dipping for like 3 weeks now and I have a constant sore throat and have sores all over my mouth, I’m worried to death!

  8. Ive been dipping for like 3 weeks and have a constant sore throat and I have sores all over my mouth, I’m starting to get worried!

  9. any one help me
    i quite chewing 8 days ago but i having throat blisters and tongue bumps
    im really scared of this :(

  10. my father had been a tobacco chewing for last 25 years and he has recently stopped using tobacco for about 6 months and is having sores.
    can mouth cancer occur even after quitting tobacco ?
    pls reply

    • Hi Red – cancers can occur at any time, though chances decrease drastically after quitting. Nothing wrong with having his doctor / dentist check him out, but chances are these sores are just a part of him quitting.

  11. Keep strong all. Not a great feeling to have a canker sore stay around. And we thought it was just a good feeling after some shit…

  12. I’ve dipped for about 4 years but I did grizzley wintergreen pouches. two pouches stacked on top of each other per dip. I stopped dipping the day after my son was born witch was 3 weeks ago today. I have a mild sore throat which gets better everyday. and have little lie bumps on the sides of my tounge 2 of them on each side but they are very painful. I don’t think they are cancerous but they still freak me out. when researched them I found these can be caused my a lot of things. hot drinks or food bacteria the list goes on. has anyone ever experienced this ?

  13. Anyone ever have like a canker sore near the epiglottis from chewing ? Freaks me out I think it’s just a canker sore but hard to know… It’s on the soft palate right next to my epiglottis (little thing that hangs down) gums, tong and cheeks are fine though. Chewed for about 8 years

  14. Good job guys. I’m Garrick and today, I have decided to quit dipping. It all started over 10 years ago when I started playing minor league baseball. With a daughter on the way, I think it’s time. I found some fake dip on eBay that helps guys. It’s called SMOKEY MOUNTAIN. I also found some at the Shell gas station.Hope this helps God Bless.

  15. I stopped today I have only been using for a couple weeks. The inside of my mouth is sore and gum line is yellow. Kind of scares me. What should I do and should I rinse with something. Looks like an infection

    • Chris – rinsing with something like Scope / Listerine will help with any potential infection (though may hurt a bit).

      Nothing wrong with going to see your dentist and letting him know you quit. It’ll give you a great start to your quit and will give you some outstanding peace of mind.

  16. I chewed for 20 years and I quit o. December 29th. I haven’t had 1 since but I chewed a bunch of sunflower seeds lately and got a bunch of soars on my lips that lasted a day or two. I gained probably about 15 to 20 pounds and I’m trying to lose some of that now. I wish I would have never started!

  17. I quite 10 days ago. Few sores in mouth but feeling Great over all.

  18. Today is my quit day…I’ve been chewing Kodiak for twenty five years….I’m 42 now. I found sores on my tongue a week ago so I gotta make this happen!!!

  19. pardon me, and if you already started your quit , keep it up, if you feel like seeking medical attention then do so, we all are going through similar circumstances. it is up to you to do it if you want to do it by yourself or get help, just like it was to start dipping or not, simple as that.. i hope that helps.

  20. Good , keep i t up guys, you all are doing great, keep up the good work, In fact the first reason why a lot of us guys start thinking about our health is because of the physical repercussions we do to our bodies. Start your quit now!!!

  21. I quit 4 days ago after dipping for 8 years straight! I feel great and alive. of course I am feeling dizzy, sore tongue, bored, stressed and out of place. Still feeling great, alive and proud :)

  22. Today will be my quit day

  23. I quit dipping the middle of November. I’ve had many cankers and cold sores since. Makes me wonder if it is worth it? Lysine seems to help.

  24. Guys I quit in January , I’ve had canker sores and geographic tounge since I quit I had 20 canker sores at once now it’s just down to one or two once they clear up I get new ones . My dentist prescribed me peridex mouth rinse and now it is all almost cleared up . Also use canker cover on each sore . After it melts off your sores healing process will already start

    • Trevor, u still have geographic tongue? I quit last week after dipping for 8 years, I was wondering the geographic tongue I have is permanent or eventually it will go away,,

  25. Benjamin, I quit on Dec 20. I hope you made it. I have a reccurrent sore and painful mouth. Scary, but better than still using.

  26. Quit the 16th of December 2013. Damn is it hard! Still no chew, as it is Christmas present for my loved ones. I find myself extremely angry and impatient with the people I care most about, these past couple days. I’ve been eating more when I get cravings and then I just get another post meal craving. I’ve gained 15 lbs and I’m not even 10 days in. Also, i got to this page after googling about the sores in my mouth now that I can’t seem to get rid of and they are extremely painful. I just need some pointers on any of the issues I’m having it’s really a horrible feeling sometimes. For instance, it’s 3 am right now and I can’t sleep because I don’t have my normal dip in before bed. Sorry for the rant, it’s hard to explain what I’m going through to people who haven’t chewed. Hats off to you fellas that made it through and dont have cravings anymore. Hopefully I’ll join your ranks soon!! Fack this sucks.

    • Two years of can a day dipping, i figured i ought to quit before college and mouth cancer! Glad i saw that story in the article definately some motivation

  27. Today is my day to quit!

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