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Leukoplakia is an oral condition that develops on the tongue, inside the cheeks, or on the roof or floor of the mouth. This issue generally appears to be a white or gray patch, and it often develops because of chronic irritation of the mucous membranes of the mouth.

To help you know a little bit more about this dental problem, our Smiley Dental Camp Bowie team is happy to provide you with information regarding the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of leukoplakia:

Symptoms
The symptoms of leukoplakia include:

– White or gray patches on your tongue, gums, cheeks, and roof or floor of your mouth.
– A patch that has a hardened or rough texture.
– A patch that has slightly raised over time.
– A patch that is painless but is sensitive to heat, touch, or spicy foods.

Diagnosis
Your dentist will typically identify this issue during your dental examination. However, oftentimes a biopsy will be needed to rule out other causes, like oral cancer.

Treatment
Treatment for leukoplakia involves removing the source of irritation, which will help the patch disappear in a few weeks or months. For example, if a rough tooth is causing the irritation, then your dentist will smooth out the tooth and eliminate the irritation.

To learn more about leukoplakia in Ft. Worth, Texas, or to meet with your dentist, Dr. Lynh Pham, regarding this dental issue, please call our office at 817.916.4343 and schedule an appointment. The sooner you call us, the sooner you’ll be able to return to a top-notch oral health!