A Look at the Causes of White Patches
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.”