Regular self-evaluations for oral cancer should be performed monthly to ensure no pathological processes have begun. Typically, the inside of the mouth is lined with mucosa, a special type of skin that appears coral pink in color and is smooth to the touch. Any change in its color, sensitivity or texture should be investigated, as it could be a sign of oral cancer.
Signs of an Irregular Oral Pathological Process
Reddish patches (erythroplasia) and whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth are red flags to look for during your routine, self-evaluation. Other warning signs that you would spot before or during your evaluation include:
- Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
- Chewing and swallowing is difficult
- A lump or swollen area along the skin lining inside your mouth, which could be a mouth or jaw tumor
- A sensitive sore that fails to heal and is prone to bleeding
Conducting your Self-Evaluation
When conducting a self-evaluation of your oral health, it is important to not just check the inside of your mouth. Be sure to inspect your lips, cheeks, palate, tongue and surrounding gum tissue.
Keep in mind, if you are experiencing symptoms but are without pain, you still might have a pathological process developing, as pain is typically not associated with oral cancer.
Diagnosing Irregular Tissue of the Mouth
If you or your dentist has spotted irregular tissue within your mouth, you will be referred to an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon, such as Dr. Daria Hamrah, who will further evaluate your oral health condition.
Commonly, a biopsy is taken, either by removing the entire lesion or a small part. An oral pathology service will examine your tissue to determine what it is. Depending on their conclusion, additional treatment might be necessary.
If you’ve noticed an irregularity in your oral tissue, be sure not to panic. The vast majority of removed tissue matter is concluded as benign. Still, don’t ignore lumps or sores and consult with an oral health specialist immediately.
If you live in Northern Virginia or the Greater Washington, D.C. area and have spotted an irregularity in your oral pathology, please contact Dr. Hamrah today at Novasurgicare Phone Number 703-288-4495 to schedule your personal consultation. Oral health is just as important as your general health.