Common "Osmf" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


OSMF stands for oral submucous fibrosis. It is a precancerous condition where inflammation and fibrosis of submucosal tissues occur. It is often caused due to betel chewing and leads to squamous cell carcinoma on increased tobacco consumption. The symptoms are pain, inability to open mouth, increased salivation, and burning sensation on the consumption of spicy foods. It is treated by taking medications containing dietary supplements, anti-inflammatory agents, and proteolytic agents.

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Please suggest treatment for a whitish mark on the inner cheek.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a whitish mark on the inner cheek. I am also experiencing pain in the wisdom tooth. I used to eat betel nuts, but now I have stopped it. How to get this treated?  Read Full »

Dr. Nupur Prashant Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern regarding to dental health. In such case, I would like to tell you that these are precancerous lesions of white lines on buccal mucosa due to the habit of chewing betel nuts. It can be OSMF (oral submucus fibrosis - rigid jaw and muscles an...  Read Full »

What are the first signs of oral cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been very worried about my health lately. I would like to preface this by saying that I have been experiencing anxiety off late and I have a suspicion that some of these symptoms could be related to that. I am currently weaning off of Prednisone, which I have been taking for an all...  Read Full »

Dr. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. I want to clarify details regarding who advised you to start Prednisone, and for how long have you been on it as this a drug which suppresses your immunity and causes a secondary infection. Care should be taken befor...  Read Full »

Why am I unable to open my mouth more than two fingers wide?

Query: Hi doctor, Since yesterday, I am unable to open my mouth widely. I have a restricted opening. When I try to open my mouth widely, I have pain in the right side of the jaw. I consulted a doctor yesterday. He gave me an injection and suggested me to take some tablets. In the early morning, I tried to...  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl F

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please mention whether you have a previous history of dental treatments like fillings, tooth removal, or root canal treatment. Please mention whether you have a habit of tobacco chewing and smoking. Please mention whether you have any associated tooth pain. Please m...  Read Full »

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