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how can oral leukoplakia be cured?

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Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
50 years experience Dentistry
Leukoplakia: Leukoplakia is white patches in the mouth on the cheeks or tongue. It is often caused by irritation from rough fillings or ill-fitting dentures. It is also caused by chewing tobacco and snuff. Removeal of the irritation will usually cause the patches to disappear. However, they should be biopsied because they may be the start of oral cancer and need to be treated as such.
Answered on Jun 25, 2018
Dr. Brian Dyess
37 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Eliminate the reason: Leukoplakia is a white patch noted on the oral mucosa in response to an irritation. The irritation can be mechanical from rough tooth or dental appliance. It can be chemical such as tobacco( smoke or smokeless) and/or alcohol. Remove those irritations and you can "heal" the lesion. There are some leukoplakias that are idiopathic or more advanced and a doctor evaluation and possible biopsy required.
Answered on Jul 9, 2018

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