Oral Pathology

The inside of the mouth is lined with a special kind of skin (mucosa). When the mouth is healthy, the texture is smooth and has a coral pink color. Any changes in the appearance of the skin could be a warning sign of a pathological process, such as oral cancer. Here are a few warning signs:

  • Red or white patches in the mouth
  • A sore that bleeds easily and does not heal
  • Recurring hoarseness or sore throat
  • A lump or thickening of the skin lining the inside of the mouth
  • Difficulty in swallowing or chewing

These changes are noticeable on the cheeks, palate, lips, tongue, face, neck, and the tissue around the teeth. Pain is not always a key factor in determining if a problem is present. In fact, pain is not commonly associated with oral cancer. However, if you are experiencing oral or facial pain without a cause, you may be at risk for oral cancer. If you or someone you know is having any of the symptoms above, or if you have questions or concerns, please call us.