What is leukoplakia?

Leukoplakia is marked by thick, whitish-color patches that form on the inside of the cheeks, gums or tongue. These patches are often caused by excess cell growth and can be common among tobacco users. They can also result from irritations from ill-fitting dentures or chewing on the inside of the cheek. In some cases, leukoplakia is associated with oral cancer. Your dentist will recommend a biopsy if the patch appears threatening.

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