The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign of a pathological process. The most serious of these is oral cancer. The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathological process or cancerous growth:
- Reddish patches (erythroplasia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth
- A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
- A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth
- Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
- Difficulty in chewing or swallowing
Oral cancer screenings are part of your regular exam. Dr. Mangelson will suggest a biopsy for any suspicious lesions.
Changes may occur on the lips, cheeks, palate, gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology and, curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may be at risk for oral cancer.
Dr. Mangelson recommends performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly. It is essential to note that your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. If you have a concern or see something that you think is abnormal in your mouth, please contact Salt Lake Implants & Periodontics at 801-266-3519. We will schedule you for an oral biopsy in Salt Lake City, Utah.