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Oral Pathology

Oral Pathology

The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and coral pink in colour. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological process. The most serious of these is oral cancer. The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathologic process or cancerous growth:

  • Reddish patches (erythroplasia) in the mouth.

  • Whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth.

  • A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth.

  • A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily.

  • Difficulty in chewing or swallowing.

  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness.

These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, and 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 also be at risk for oral cancer. We would recommend performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly and remember that your mouth is one of your body's most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. Please call us if you need to discuss any worries on 01895 258700.

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