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Frictional Keratosis

Frictional keratosis is a benign white lesion of the oral mucosa that occurs due to irritation caused by sharp edges of teeth, dental prosthesis, teeth brushing, and abrasive foods. It occurs most often on the buccal mucosa, lips, lateral margins of the tongue, and edentulous alveolar ridges. They appear as diffuse white plaques on the affected region. It is usually non-cancerous and can be treated by reducing the use of etiological factors causing it.

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What causes white spots on the tongue?

Query: Hi doctor, I have some white spot on my tongue. I researched on the internet and it looks like white oral cancer lesion. Any of your thoughts will be appreciable. I have attached the pictures for your reference. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Michael Steven Korn

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Most often these types of lesions (attachment removed to protect patient identity) are from frictional keratosis that is a soft tissue becomes tough and white due to continuous friction over time. If you were to go and see an oral surgeon for evaluation and possible bio...  Read Full »

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