Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
You're likely to start by seeing your dentist or a general practitioner. However, you may also be referred to an oral surgeon or an otolaryngologist for diagnosis and treatment.
It's good to prepare for your appointment. Here's some information to help you get ready.
What you can do
- Write down any symptoms you have, even those that seem unrelated to the reason for your appointment.
- Make a list of all medications, as well as any vitamins or supplements, you're taking.
- Write down questions to ask your doctor.
Preparing a list of questions will help you make the most of your time with your doctor. For leukoplakia, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What is likely causing my condition?
- Are there other possible causes for my condition?
- Do I need special tests?
- Is my condition likely temporary or chronic?
- What treatments are available? Which do you recommend?
- What are the alternatives to the primary approach you're suggesting?
- Are there any restrictions I need to follow?
- Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take home with me? What websites do you recommend?
Ask any other questions that come up, as well.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, including:
- When did you first notice these changes?
- Do you have any pain or bleeding from the problem area?
- Are you a smoker?
- Do you use chewing tobacco?
- How much alcohol do you drink?
What you can do in the meantime
Quitting tobacco use of any kind may reduce or eliminate your leukoplakia.
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