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how common is leukoplakia?

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Dr. Daniel Sampson
26 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Uncommon: But not rare. It is just a thickening of the mucosa due to some type of irritation, whether it be mechanical or chemical.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Kevin Hanley
43 years experience Orthodontics
Pretty common: Leukoplakia means "white patch".This is a fairly common occurrence on the cheeks inside the mouth. There are many causes of leukoplakia, some serious and some not. If the leukoplakia comes and goes, it is probably benign. However, if it remains for a long time, or changes in appearance, this may be an indication of some disease process. See a dentist to have such areas evaluated.
Answered on Nov 9, 2015
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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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Unlikely if benign: if the lesion is benign then it is very unlikely to transform into a cancerious focus.
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