The mouth is lined with a special type of skin known as mucosa. This skin should be smooth and pink in color. Changes in the appearance of this skin could be a warning sign of pathologic activity, the most severe stage being cancerous. The following can be symptoms of pathologic processes:
- Thickening of skin or lumps on the inside of the mouth
- Chronic sore throat
- Chronic hoarseness
- Sores that easily bleed or fail to heal
- Reddish or Whitish patches
- Difficulty chewing and/or swallowing
The changes listed above can be detected in the lips, tongue, cheeks, gum tissue, face, and/or neck. Pain can be felt with some of these pathologies but is not necessarily an indication of cancerous lesions. Any patient experiencing these symptoms and/or pain may be at risk for cancer. We recommend regular self exams of your mouth to look for potential risks. If any of these occur please seek the advice of a dental professional.