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Gum Diseases

Leukoplakia

07/04/2001

Question:

I asked my dentist about these clusters of white spots on the inside of my cheeks that have been there forever and he told me it was leukoplakia, that it`s no big deal and that a lot of people have it. I also have them on my lips.I recently read leukoplakia is a precancerous condition, now I wonder if there is a problem. I`m 31y/o non smoker and my mom has the same thing. what do you think?

Answer:

Leukoplakia in a clinical sense means a white patch and may appear in a number of locations. The way to confirm this would be to have the tissues submitted for microscopic examination to rule out any pathology. Regular examinations for changes in color might be significant and would be recommended.

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Response by:

Joseph R O'Neil, DDS Joseph R O'Neil, DDS
Former Professor of Clinical Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University