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Oral Pathology

  • The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and coral pink in color.
  • Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological process.
  • The most serious of these is oral cancer.
  • The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathological process or cancerous growth:

  • Reddish patches (erythroplasia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth
  • A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
  • A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness and/or difficulty in chewing or swallowing

  • These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face, and/or neck.
  • Pain does not always occur with pathology, and curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer.
  • However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer.

  • We would recommend performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly.
  • Remember that your mouth is one of your body's most important warning systems.
  • Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores.
  • Please contact us so we can assist you with any questions or concerns.