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 of a pathological process. The most serious of these processes is oral cancer. The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathologic process (or cancerous growth):
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, and remembering that your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. Please contact us with any concerns you might have so that we can help.
Doctors Nail and Dombrowski are each well trained in the evaluation and treatment of the face, oral cavity, and jaws for oral cancer and other pathologic conditions.