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 for a pathological process. The most serious of these is oral cancer. Ocoee Oral Surgery looks for the following signs at the beginning of a pathologic process or cancerous growth:
- A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
- Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
- Difficulty in chewing or swallowing
- Reddish patches or whitish patches in the mouth
- A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth
These changes can be detected on the cheeks, palate, lips and gum tissue around the tongue, teeth, face and/or neck. Pain is not often associated with oral cancer. However, anyone with oral and/or facial pain with no obvious cause may be at risk for oral cancer.