One 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:
– 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.