Who Could Need It?
The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and pink in colour. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological process (some of which are concerning). The most serious of these is oral cancer.
The following can be signs of a developing oral cancer:
An ulceration or sore that fails to heal or bleeds easily
Chronic difficulty swallowing or throat hoarseness
Red patches (erythroplakia) or white patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth that do not improve
Lumps that appear on the neck (lymphadenopathy).
These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks and gum tissue around teeth, tongue and face/neck. Pain does not always occur with oral cancers however any patient with facial/oral pain without an obvious cause may be at risk.
We recommend performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly between your regularly scheduled dental checkups. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. Contact your dentist or the surgeons at Maxillo Winnipeg so we may help.