Normally the inside of the mouth is coated with a smooth special kind of skin, called mucosa. This lining inside your mouth is normally a coral pink color. If you ever see this color change, it could be a sign of a pathological process. Oral cancer is one of the most serious types of pathological process. If you ever notice a change in the color of the inside of your mouth, schedule a visit with us. Our team will evaluate your mouth and check for other warning signs to determine the best diagnosis. If you have concerns of a pathological process or oral cancer in Massachusetts or New Hampshire, call our office to schedule your appointment today!
Warning Signs of a Pathological Process Include:
- Red or white patches in the mouth
- A sore that isn’t healing and easily bleeds
- Thickening of the skin lining in the mouth or a lump
- Trouble chewing or swallowing
- Hoarseness or chronic sore throat
These warning signs can occur on the cheeks, lips, palate, tongue, face, neck or gum tissue around the teeth. You may not experience pain with pathology. Typically, oral cancer isn’t associated with pain. However, a patient who experiences facial or oral pain and does not know the cause could be at risk for oral cancer.
The best way to check for oral cancer is to perform a self-examination every month. Don’t forget that your mouth is one of the most vital ways your body will warn you of a serious problem. Never ignore lumps or sores that have an unknown cause. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our team for help. A visit with one of our specialists can answer any questions you may have and get you the help that you need for your oral and overall health.