White Patches in the Mouth: When to Seek the Advice of a Professional

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30 Jun White Patches in the Mouth: When to Seek the Advice of a Professional

Leukoplakia is a condition associated with white abscesses on the surfaces of the gums, the cheeks or the tongue. In the majority of instances, it will resolve itself without needing the assistance of a dentist or a similarly trained professional.
However, there are other cases when it may impact much more than a smile alone. This is important to keep in mind, as oral hygiene involves much more than properly cleaning your teeth.
What are a handful of signals that you should seek the opinion of a specialist? Let’s look at three indications that the condition may be more serious.
– White patches that have lasted for more than two weeks.
– Difficulty when chewing or swallowing foods.
– The presence of white lumps that contain reddish patches within their borders.
“In many cases, ongoing leukoplakia has been found to be precancerous, a change in cells that occurs in the process of cancer development.”
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Dr. Biju Philip

Dr. Philip (GMC No: 6072826) is a medical doctor with more than 20 years experience, of which 13 years has been in the field of Anaesthetics and Critical Care. He has also undergone extensive training in Dental Sedation and Facial Aesthetics, including Botox and dermal filler treatments, which he now practices in our dental surgery in Exning. He also works as an Anaesthetist at West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St. Edmunds.