The inner part of the mouth is usually layered with a specific smooth coral pink color kind of skin (mucosa). Any change in form could indicate a pathology. The most adverse effect would be oral cancer.
The following can indicate the start of a pathological action or cancerous growth:
- Whitish patches (leukoplakia) or reddish patches (erythroplasia) in the mouth
- A sore that is unable to heal and bleeds regularly
- A lump or swelling on the skin overlying the inner part of the mouth
- Chronic sore throat, hoarseness of voice or difficulty in swallowing or mastication.
These modifications can be seen on the palate, lips, cheeks, and gum tissue near the teeth, neck, tongue, or face. Pain is not always associated with pathology, and surprisingly, may not be observed in oral cancer. Although, everyone with facial or oral pain with no obvious source may also have increased risk of developing oral cancer.
The Doctors at Gaston Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery recommend conducting an oral cancer self-examination every month. Remember that your mouth is one primary warning system of your body. Pay attention to unusual lumps or sores. Kindly contact us if you have any concerns or questions.