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. Today is my day to quit!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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,,

  5. 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.

  6. Today will be my quit day

  7. 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 :)

  8. 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!!!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!!!

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

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