The inside of your mouth should be smooth and the skin, or mucosa, should be a coral pink color. Any changes to this could indicate a pathological process. The most serious type of oral pathology is oral cancer. Early detection is key to successful treatment.
Signs of a Pathological Process
We recommend performing a self examination every month to detect any changes in your mouth. Stand in front of a mirror and look inside at your cheeks, tongue, and throat. Feel around for any bumps or irregularities. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should seek evaluation from an oral surgeon:
- Red or white patches
- A sore that does not heal and bleeds easily
- A lump or thick area of skin inside of the mouth
- Chronic sore throat
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
Treating an Oral Pathology
During the consultation, Dr. Straw or Dr. Hsu will perform an oral evaluation and may take a biopsy of any tumors or lumps. Once we have the results, we can discuss the next steps for treatment. Treatment can include removing cysts or tumors, discussing improvements in your oral care routine, or medication.
Most oral pathologies are benign, but you should take every precaution with your health. It’s important to note that cancer often does not cause pain, and just because you’re not experiencing discomfort doesn’t mean a problem is nonexistent. If you suspect the presence of a pathology, please contact our El Dorado Hills, Placerville, or Irvine office to schedule a consultation.
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