What is Leukoplakia in Dental Health

Posted on 3/20/2023 by Thomas Wold, DMD
What is Leukoplakia in Dental HealthWhite or grayish patches on the inside of the cheeks, gums, or tongue are called leukoplakia, a medical condition. The undersurface of the tongue also frequently displays these spots.

These patches, caused by an unusually rapid multiplication of cells, are more common in those who use tobacco products daily. A poorly fitting denture or the habit of biting the inside of the cheek are two other potential reasons that might bring on these sores. Keeping an eye on any white patches on the mouth is crucial because leukoplakia has been connected to oral cancer in some circumstances.

Tests and Treatment

Your dentist may recommend a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis of leukoplakia if they suspect the growth in your mouth is cancerous. After thoroughly studying and interpreting the biopsy results, your dentist will select the most appropriate therapy.

The initial step in treating leukoplakia is often to identify and address any underlying causes of the patches. Stop smoking, get new dentures or bridges if the old ones do not fit, and change any other habits that could contribute to the issue. By adhering to these guidelines, the leukoplakia patches may shrink or disappear altogether, and any further complications may be avoided.

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If you have any further questions or concerns about leukoplakia or any other issues with your dental health, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our team of dental experts is here to help and provide any information or guidance you might need.

Whether you need to schedule an appointment or want to talk to someone about your health, we are here to help. Getting in touch with us is easy; give us a call, send us an email, or fill out the form on our website.
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