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      Category : Health Centers > Mouth and Teeth (Oral and Dental)


Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

Leukoplakia is a white patch, often inside the mouth, that will not rub off.

What is going on in the body?

Leukoplakia is caused by irritation of a body surface. This surface can be the tongue, lips, skin, genitals, or other places. Over time these areas of irritation may create slightly raised, thickened whitish areas. These are known as leukoplakia.

What are the causes and risks of the condition?

Repeated, long-term irritation of the surfaces in the mouth is the most common cause of leukoplakia. This may be from:

  • smoking or chewing tobacco
  • excessive alcohol intake
  • dentures that fit poorly
  • scratching or biting
  • radiation therapy
  • Other less common causes are inherited conditions and infections.


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    Leukoplakia: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: Adam Brochert, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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