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. 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 and/or difficulty in chewing or swallowing
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. Remember that your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. Please contact us so we can assist you with any questions or concerns.
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Patient Review By Christoper B
From the first moment I walked in the door, I was made to feel at ease. This began at the time I made the appointment, as the receptionist made me feel more relaxed with her sincere kindness. The day of my appointment, all the staff took the time and extra effort to make sure I was comfortable. They reasured me when I was nervous and scared. Dr. Klein came in and introduced himself and explained everything to me with compassion and care in a way that I understood what to expect completely. Dr. Klein took all the necessary steps to make sure the procedure was practically pain free. He took the time to explain post operative procedures. He also made sure I knew I could contact him with any questions or concerns. Dr. Klein called with my results and was very informative and caring when talking with me. I am not the type of person to leave comments like this, but felt that Dr. Klein and his staff really deserve this genuine positive feedback!
- Christoper B