White Spots On Tongue Causes, Treatments and More

By adr.ian
Reviewed: dr. vanta
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The white spots associated with leukoplakia are mostly found on the tongue but can occur in other areas of the mouth. The white patches, sometimes accompanied by folds, can appear as though hair is growing on the tongue.3Leukoplakia: ‘Causes, Symptoms, Management & Treatment.’ Cleveland Clinic, my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/17655-leukoplakia

Although leukoplakia doesn't usually cause permanent damage to tissue in the mouth, it may increase the risk of oral cancer. These types of cancers can sometimes form near the leukoplakia patches. Mild cases may go away on their own. Serious occurrences may need prompt medical attention.

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