Q. I have raised white lines in my mouth that I can scrape. Is it leukoplakia?

Answered by
Dr. Naveen Thomas
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Oct 31, 2017 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Hi doctor,

I went to the ENT for a sore throat. He ended up saying I have leukoplakia. It is mainly in the gap where I am missing the tooth. He said it was in other areas around my lower gum but it pretty much wiped off of there. I then went to my dentist who said it was not leukoplakia. I then went to an oral surgeon who also does not believe it is, but says if it is not gone, to get a biopsy. I just wanted your opinion because you have always been right with the oral problems I had. Some of the white lines are raised and hard, but some I was able to scrape off with my fingernail. I also noticed a red spot. So, I am hoping it is not speckled leukoplakia. I did get a VELscope done which was fine. I have an appointment for a brush biopsy but that says not 100 percent. Do you think I should get the brush done or wait to have a real one because the brush biopsy removes the leukoplakia and then it will not be there to get a real one? In the meantime, before biopsies, what is your opinion? Do you think it is specked or regular leukoplakia? A picture is attached.

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentistry Endodontist Paediatric Dentistry Periodontist
#

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com

I have seen the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

  • It is not at all a type of leukoplakia as seen in the picture. But, if you are a smoker, then I would recommend you stop smoking.
  • It seems to be just hyperkeratinization of the oral mucosa which can be due to various reasons, like hot food, fever, smoking or a sore throat.
  • I suggest you take Vitamin B complex capsules once daily for 15 days.
  • For a sore throat, salt water gargling is good.
  • I do not think a brush biopsy will be helpful.
  • Since when have you noticed this whitish patch in that area? Is there any other symptom like burning sensation?

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Thank you doctor,

I have had it for a few months. I just assumed that when I chewed some potato chips, it just irritated the area as there is no tooth there. Here are a few pictures when I first went to a doctor before I just scraped most of it off with my fingernail and a picture of how it looked when I scraped most off. Do you still think it is alright even if always like that from chewing

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentistry Endodontist Paediatric Dentistry Periodontist
#

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I have seen the images attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

  • Although the whitish streaks look a little odd, I still do not believe it is something to be worried about for now.
  • It seems to be related to your smoking and may even be an emerging leukoplakia.
  • It is advised that you do not scrape the area as it may result in a more thickened epithelial growth.
  • You should stop smoking, and apply an oral steroid gel to the area so that it goes away.

Thank you.

For more information consult a dentist online --> https://icliniq.com./ask-a-doctor-online/dentist

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