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    What are White Patches?

    teeth health smile dentistOne less reason to smile about a check-up at your dentist could be the discovery of leukoplakia. Before you start to worry unnecessarily, leukoplakia is not as bad as it sounds and, in most cases, the condition is harmless and will disappear of its own accord. Leukoplakia is not a disease but a medical condition that can affect anybody, at any time and for unknown reasons. The condition is characterised by thick, white plaque-like patches that usually appear on the:

    – Tongue

    – Gums

    – Lining of the cheeks

    Leukoplakia can also appear under the tongue but in very rare cases can also affect other parts of the body including the genitals. Should this be the case then a visit to the doctor will be required as leukoplakia can be an early warning sign of cancer. However, such cases are extremely rare and leukoplakia is usually nothing more than an inconvenience.

    A recent article by Jennifer Huizen goes into some detail as to the causes, diagnosis and treatments of the condition. As Ms. Huizen points out “many cases of white patches in the mouth go away on their own” and taking proper care of your teeth and gums is the best way to avoid the condition.

    The full article about leukoplakia can be found at http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317689.php.

    Dr Nicholas Riley BDS 1996, MJDF 2012

    Nik qualified from Cardiff Dental School in 1996. He has always had a keen interest in clinical excellence, and further education. He recently gained his MJDF qualifications Nik dedicates much of his time to attending many world renowned courses in restorative, aesthetic and implant dentistry, so he can ensure that patients benefit from the most up to date solutions.

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