Leukoplakia is a dental disease where thick, white areas develop on the gums, the insides of the cheeks and the bottom of the oral cavity. They cannot be scraped off, and they can sometimes be cancerous. Although there is no clear answer as to the true cause behind the onset of leukoplakia, numerous dentists think that tobacco irritation plays a crucial role, so if you chew, dip or smoke tobacco, you might be vulnerable to developing leukoplakia. You could also be at risk for leukoplakia if you have a weak immune system.
While it’s correct that a few forms of leukoplakia can be cancerous, most patches are benign. Fortunately, we do an oral cancer screening for you during each of your visits to our office, so we’ll keep an eye on your mouth and let you know if we see anything suspicious. At home, you can check the gummy and soft-tissue areas of your mouth for the white, thick spots; please tell us about it if you notice anything you cannot wear away. Other symptoms of leukoplakia include uneasiness when swallowing and a reduced capability to open your jaw.
If you believe you might have leukoplakia, don’t delay in setting up your next checkup with our office in Cape Coral, Florida. Dr. Mauricio Martinez and the team at Gulf Coast Smiles will do all they can to help you keep your mouth healthy. Give us a call now at 239.549.0001 to schedule your appointment.