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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 pathologic 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. 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, it is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain without an apparent 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 contact our office in the Mobile area for an appointment at (251) 344-6191.

Specialist in Oral Surgery
Serving the Mobile, AL Area

Bay Area Oral Surgery provides patients in the Mobile, AL area with high-quality service to meet their oral surgery needs. From dental implants, including All-on-4, to wisdom teeth removal, bone grafting, and corrective jaw surgery, patients can restore their smiles with confidence. In addition, our skilled oral and maxillofacial specialists address facial trauma and can conduct oral pathology testing for more comprehensive care.

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