Leukoplakia is an oral condition characterised by swollen white patches present within the mouth. They will often occur on the gums, the cheeks and the tongue. Although not directly impacting the teeth, the fact of the matter is that it is always wise to consult with a dentist if you suspect that you may be suffering from this condition.

Some common causes of leukoplakia include excessive smoking, irritation to oral tissues such as scalding and lower levels of a substance known as keratin. So, what are a handful of the most common symptoms?

– Plaque-like patches that may impact the visual appeal of a smile.

– Slightly painful areas that might crack on occasion and cause mild discomfort.

– Any type of white patch that lasts for more than two weeks without an apparent cause.

Mouth irritants and irritating activities, such as smoking, often cause leukoplakia.”

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Dr. Fraser Hendrie BDS (Glasg.) MFGDP (UK)

Fraser is a Glasgow graduate with over 20 years of experience. He is the one of the principal dentists at Craigentinny Dental Care in Edinburgh. He has a reputation for consistent, high quality work and a love of innovation. Many of Dr Hendrie’s patients travel from the far reaches of Scotland, the UK and beyond. So wherever you live from Portobello or around Edinburgh to further afield he will be pleased to meet you. He is a member of the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association, British Dental Association, the Association of Dental Implantology, and has studied at the Pankey Institute in Miami on several occasions. Fraser has particular interests in Dental Implantology, Preventive dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry and information technology. Fraser has also been admitted to the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners by examination. Fraser is married with two young children and lives in Edinburgh. In his free time he enjoys running, cycling, and kite-surfing.