(Nicotine Stomatitis, Smoker's
Palate, Smoker's Keratosis,
What is Nicotinic Stomatitis?
Nicotinic Stomatitis (Smoker's Palate) is a lesion of the roof
of the mouth. The concentrated heat stream of smoke from
tobacco products causes Nicotinic Stomatitis. These
changes are observed most often in pipe and reverse
cigarette smokers and less often in cigarette and cigar
smokers. Generally, it is asymptomatic or mildly irritating.
Patients typically report that they are either unaware of the
lesion or have had it for many years without changes.
What are the Signs & Symptoms of Nicotine Stomatitis?
Nicotinic Stomatitis first becomes visible as a reddened
area and slowly progresses to a white, thickened, and
fissured appearance. The roof of the mouth has numerous
minor salivary glands. They become swollen, and the
orifices become prominent, giving the tissue a speckled
white and red appearance. It cannot be wiped off and can
have some fissuring. Patients usually are asymptomatic.
|Photos of Smokers' Keratosis
|Close-up of Smokers' Keratosis
|Last Updated 24th November 2010