A comprehensive oral exam involves both an examination of the teeth and a close inspection of the soft tissues of the mouth. One condition the
dentist or hygientist will be looking for are “leukoplakia.” This generic term applies to any type of white patch that occurs inside the mouth that
cannot be easily scraped off. In some cases, these patches represent calluses or some other benign condition. In others, leukoplakia are associated
with smoking and regular, heavy alcohol use. If so, they are considered to be a precancerous condition. Smokers and heavy drinkers may have tongues with white or brown coatings that are common manifestations of leukoplakia. Most cases are not serious, but others could be lifethreatening if left untreated.
Your dentist has the skills and tools to ensure that early signs of cancer and precancerous conditions are identified. You and our staff can fight
and win the battle against oral cancer. You can always discuss your dental concerns with us. Any time you have a question, please don’t hesitate
to ask. We invite you to call us to schedule an appointment. We’re here to help. We provide comprehensive care, prevention, and maintenance for
a lifetime of smiles. Our welcoming and modern office focuses on each individual patient, attention to detail, and a passion for excellence. We
offer a complete selection of procedures, from simple whitening to total smile makeovers. We can give you a smile you’ll be proud to show.
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