When it comes to the lining of the mouth, there is a special type of skin (mucosa) that is coral pink in color and smooth in texture. Changes in color or texture may indicate a warning sign for a pathological process such as oral cancer.
The following can signal a pre-cancerous or cancerous growth:
Reddish patches (erythroplakia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth
A sore that doesn’t heal and bleeds easily
A lump or thickening on the skin lining inside of the mouth
Chronic sore throat or hoarseness (difficulty chewing or swallowing)
These changes can also be noticed on the lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face, and/or neck. Pain isn’t always associated with oral pathology. If you experience facial or oral pain with no obvious reason, you should seek medical attention immediately.
We recommend routine oral cancer screening by your dental professional.