Potential Causes of White Patches in the Mouth

Potential Causes of White Patches in the Mouth

If you have noticed white patches around your teeth and within the soft tissue of your mouth, you may be suffering from a condition known as leukoplakia. In the majority of cases, these lesions will resolve themselves in less than two weeks and they affect nothing more than the short-term impact of your smile.

Although leukoplakia is quite common, researchers have yet to identify its exact causes. However, there are several current theories. As with any oral condition, seek the advice of a dentist if these symptoms become more severe. Some causes may include:

– Irritation of the mucous membranes as a result of heavy smoking over the years.

– The lack of a protein known as keratin (from illness or a deficiency).

– When hot liquids such as coffee burn the inside of the mouth.

Researchers are still sorting the specifics of how and why leukoplakia occurs.”

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.