A 47-year-old member asked:
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what is the difference between leukoplakia & hairy leukoplakia?

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Dr. Howard Banner
48 years experience Dentistry
White area & tongue: Leukoplakia means white plaque or patch. It can occur any where in the mouth. Hairy leukoplakia is specific to the fuzzy areas on the tongue and can be due to many things.
Answered on Dec 19, 2014
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Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
50 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Reference Site: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002041/.
Answered on Mar 13, 2013

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