The inside of the mouth has a normal lining of skin which is coral pink and smooth. If there is any alteration to this appearance it could be a sign of a pathological process. The most serious of these is oral cancer. Some signs of oral cancer are:
- A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
- Chronic sore throat
- A problem with chewing or swallowing
- Red or white patches in the mouth
Some areas where the changes are common are the lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue around the teeth. Pain is not always a factor with pathology and is not always associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer.
We do recommend that you do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. Please contact us so we may help you.