Oral Pathology

Any change in the appearance of normal smooth and coral pink tissues inside the mouth could be a warning sign of a pathological process. The most serious pathological change could be the development of oral cancer. Warning signs of this pathological process/cancer growth may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth
  • Reddish patches (erythroplakia) in the mouth
  • A sore that doesn’t go away and may bleed easily
  • A lump or thickening of the tissues lining the inside of the mouth
  • A raised wart like lesion
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • A burning sensation

Oral cancer does not always present with pain. That is why we recommend performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly and any changes brought to the attention of your healthcare provider as soon as possible for evaluation. Do not ignore suspicious lump, bumps, or sores.