Oral Pathology

Early Detection is Key


The following are signs of a pathological process or cancerous growth:

Patches in the mouth appearing red (erythroplasia) or white (leukoplasia) in color.

A sore that will not heal and bleeds easily.

A lump on the inside lining of the mouth.

Chronic sore throat or hoarseness.

Difficulty with chewing or swallowing.

These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate and gum tissues around the tongue, teeth, face or neck. DO NOT ignore suspicious lumps or sores. Although pain does not always occur with pathology, anyone with facial and/or oral pain without cause may be at risk for oral cancer. If you have questions or concerns about oral pathology, please contact us so that we may be of some assistance to you.


The inside of the mouth is lined with a special type of tissue that is generally smooth and light pink in color. Any alteration in the natural appearance of this tissue could be a warning sign for a pathological process. The most serious pathological process is oral cancer.

Performing a monthly self-examination for oral cancer can significantly decrease your risks for these diseases. Oral Cancer can be detected in its early stages because the inside of the mouth is easily seen. If you are at high risk, such as a smoker, consumer of alcohol, or use smokeless tobacco, see an oral surgeon yearly for an exam.

To examine your own mouth, use a flashlight and a small mirror and look at all surfaces including under the tounge, the roof of the mouth, and under dentures. Feel around for any lumps too.