In a healthy, normal mouth, the “skin lining” is a healthy coral pink, and also nice and smooth. But not every mouth is normal. Anything different might be a red flag that calls for a full pathological study. In the most severe cases, this might be oral cancer—but don’t panic. There are many issues, most of which are minor, that might be causing discrepancies. Only a reputable dental professional can make a diagnosis.
Here is a list of some warning signs that a pathological study is necessary:
- Patches in the mouth that range from whitish to reddish in color
- A mouth sore that doesn’t heal and bleeds easily
- Lumps in the mouth or areas of skin thickening
- Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
These signs might be on the palate, gum, lips, cheeks, tongue, face, neck or teeth. They’re not always painful, and oftentimes oral cancer has no pain symptoms. However, if you have oral or facial pain without “normal” cancer red flags, you might still be a high risk oral cancer patient. It’s smart to do an oral cancer self-check each month to keep on top of changes or suspicious symptoms, like sores. But remember, self exams are no replacement for regular dental checkups. If you have concerns, contact us for a free consultation.