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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can i have leukoplakia at 15?

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Dr. Thomas Yash
Dentistry 47 years experience
Yes: Forms of leukoplakia are not limited by age. It is more common in adults due to chronic habits and longer exposure. This tissue change noted by a white lesion can be a normal abnormality or more serious concern. One type is when teen uses smokeless tobacco. The area holding the pinch will turn white and uneven. Not normal. Can become cancerous. Talk with your dentist.
Dr. Jennifer Goldman
33 years experience
Yes: You can have it at any age and if it doesn't go away within 2 weeks you should get it checked out by a dentist or doctor.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What is leukoplakia?

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Dr. Robert Rosenfeld
Dentistry 39 years experience
White patch: Leukoplakia is a medical term for a flat white lesion on the mucous membranes of the mouth (but possibly elsewhere also). They are not easily scraped off. They can arise from numerous sources, including irritation. It is not a specific disease, but an observable condition. Sometimes they are thought of as "pre-cancerous" and so it is important to have a biopsy done.

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