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mouth disease

Oral pathology is the study of mouth disease regarding its causes, development, and outcomes. Dr. Tomlinson is an expert concerning oral and maxillofacial pathology, and is able to diagnose and surgically treat mouth disease.

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There are two areas in the mouth where disease can form, either in the hard tissue or soft tissue. The hard tissue refers to the bone structure in the mouth. The soft tissue refers to the lips, gums, cheeks, and tongue.

Pathology of the soft tissues in the mouth may be either benign or, in rare cases, malignant in nature. Benign lesions in soft tissue can be identified as local irritations, traumatic ulcers, or hyperplasia. Cancerous lesions in soft tissue can appear red in color, white in color, mixed red and white, or it may look like an ulcer.

Lesions of the hard tissues of the oral cavity often occur in the bone. For the most part, malignant or cancerous lesions are very rare. Symptoms of a benign tumor or cyst include swollen areas, mild pain, or a change in bite.

Monthly Self-Examination to Detect Mouth Disease

The Oral Cancer Foundation found that roughly 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. With oral cancer, it is vital to find it early. By performing self-examinations, you are being proactive in your fight against mouth disease.

What you need:

  • Bright light
  • Mirror

What you should do:

  • Remove dentures, if applicable
  • Examine and touch the soft tissue (gums, lips, tongue, and cheeks)
  • Inspect and feel the roof of your mouth
  • Feel for lumps in both sides of the neck

What to look for:

  • Abnormal lump(s)
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Red or white patches
  • Sores that will not heal

Abnormalities in your mouth should not be ignored. If you discover an irregularity in your monthly self-examinations, contact Dr. Tomlinson immediately for further assistance.