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 pathologic 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
- Difficulty in chewing or swallowing
Oral cancer screenings are part of your regular exam. Dr. Mangelson would suggest a biopsy for any suspicious lesions.
Changes may be noted on the lips, cheeks, palate, 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 be at risk for oral cancer.
Dr. Mangelson recommends performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly. It is essential to note that your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. If you have a concern or see something that you think is abnormal or different for your mouth please contact our officeplease contact our office and Dr. Mangelson will evaluate the area of concern.