Leukoplakia: Overview

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Leukoplakia is a condition characterized by thick white patches in the delicate lining of the mouth or tongue. The spots are composed of keratin, a material that covers the outermost layer of the skin. In time, leukoplakia cells may become cancerous.

While small white patches are the primary symptom of the mouth disorder, an unusual sensitivity to hot and spicy foods may also indicate leukoplakia. Leukoplakia may be caused by vitamin A or B deficiencies, male and female hormonal deficiencies, syphilis, or chronic irritation of the mouth. The use of tobacco products, as well as heavy alcohol consumption, can aggravate the condition. In addition, dentures may contribute to leukoplakia outbreaks. If necessary, oral surgeons can surgically remove leukoplakia patches. It should be noted that if left untreated, leukoplakia lesions may become cancerous.

Recently, a study conducted at Ohio State University revealed that users of certain now discontinued Viadent products, including toothpaste and mouthwash, may have a greater chance of developing oral leukoplakia.

See Also

  1. Mouth & Dental Disorders: Overview
  2. Colgate-Palmolive & Viadent: Overview
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