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Found tiny white patches on tongue. Is this a sign of cancer?

i often find a tiny white patch on my right side of myt tongue exactly at the point where my tongue meets premolar teeth when jaws are closed. It goes away on its own and re appears. Its completely painless. Am worried that it would be cancer. Please do let me know what should be done
Asked On : Thu, 7 Feb 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
Thank you for the query.
According to the history it could a ulcer which is painless caused by any irritant or sharp margins or cusps of the premolar teeth. It could be leukoplakia which is usually a white patch on the tongue .
It could be a oral candidiasis as well.
I would advise you to see your dentist and get it examined because the exact diagnosis can be made only on the basis of clinical examination of the white patch .
They can be removed by laser or cold probes and anti viral drugs should be taken.
Hope this information helps you.
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response
hi and welcome to HCM,
White patch on the tongue suggests ulceration caused due to irritation of the tongue mucosa may be due to trauma due to sharp bite or irirtation caused by sharp cuspal edges of the premolar teeth.
Chronic Ulcerations repeatedly seen at the same area if not treated in time undergo tissue necrosis and may progress to cancerous lesion like leukoplakia .
there fore i suggest you to visit a dentist soon and get the clinical examination done and get the diagnosis confirmed.
If it is due to premolar , selective grinding of the teeth to remove the sharp edges will help you out.
If it is a chronic area , topical applications of oral antiseptics like dentogel will give relief.
Main tain good oral hygiene o prevent secondary infection of the ulcerated area.
i hope this helps,
take care.
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