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Leukoedema

Leukoedema is a condition in which the inner lining of the mouth - typically the inside of the cheeks - takes on a whitish, grey-bluish appearance and becomes slightly swollen.

The 'benign lesions' were once thought to be a precursor to disease, but this idea is now largely rejected.

It's extremely common - some estimates suggesting that it affects as much as 50% of the population. It's so common in fact that it's now generally viewed as a 'normal' state rather than a medical condition.

The cause is unknown.

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