You may have heard the term before, but whether or not you have, it is important to know exactly what leukoplakia is. Leukoplakie is a condition in which pale, white lesions form on the insides of the cheeks, tongue, or lower portion of your mouth. They can be painful and often cause discomfort or insecurity in those presenting with the condition.
Concerns of Leukoplakia
Leukoplakia itself is not harmful and does not pose a large threat to you or your oral health. However, in some cases, leukoplakia has been linked to early warning signs of oral cancer. That is precisely why it is important to speak with an oral specialist if you notice lesions beginning to appear in your mouth. They will be able to examine the lesions and check for other signs to confirm oral cancer is not present. They can also suggest effective treatment options that will alleviate pain, symptoms, and help heal the lesions quickly.
Common Leukoplakia Symptoms
The most common symptoms of leukoplakia are pale, white lesions, gray or discolored tissues, raised or thick surfaces in the mouth, or irregularly textured areas on the cheeks, gums, or the tongue. Some describe feeling a hairy, fuzzy sensation when dealing with the condition and in those cases leukoplakia is referred to as “hairy leukoplakia.”
If you are needing more information on leukoplakia, the risks of the condition or its causes and treatment, reach out to the Oral & Facial Surgery Institute at (435) 238-7083 today. It is important to maintain your oral health and learning about warning signs and symptoms is a sure way to protect yourself from developing worse conditions or diseases. Preventative care is the first step and our oral surgeons can set you on an oral care plan suited for you and your lifestyle.