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21 October 2017

What is leukoplakia and how can I prevent it?

Leukoplakia is an unpleasant long-term condition that manifests as thick white raised lesions on the gums, tongue and inside cheeks.

Key takeaways:

– White patches (with or without red speckled regions), difficulty eating and pain while swallowing are also symptoms to watch for.

– The biggest risk factor for developing leukoplakia is long-term smokin.g

– As leukoplakia is thought to increase the risk of developing oral cancer, it is important to see your dentist regularly for exams.

“Biopsy and testing are necessary to confirm true cases of leukoplakia.”

Read the full story here: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317689.php

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