As with all cancers, it’s best to simply never have them. When that option is unavailable, it’s best to catch them early.
Oral cancer is no exception to this rule, but for many people, it isn’t even a passing thought. However, it is important to know what to look for in any changes to your mouth.
Today, your Newport Beach, CA dentist writes on how to best look for possible signs of oral cancer development. Hopefully, these tools can help you know when it might be beneficial to speak with a dentist.
Keep Track Of Oral Changes
Initially, we want to instill a strong duty to check up on your mouth from time to time. Inspect all the areas of the mouth you can see. If you would like to use a small dental mirror to look further, by all means. The more information about the mouth, the better.
Any changes to the bite, or how the teeth align, are signs of concern. Especially if this change happens rapidly. If this begins to happen, contact your dentist and monitor any shifts in location.
If any parts of the gums begin to change color or become tender and inflamed, take note of that as well. Numerous infections of the gums, both bacterial and fungal, can begin in the mouth at any age.
What If I Notice Something?
If you find a change in your mouth, your best bet is always to see a trained dental professional. Sores or lesions can be signs of infections like thrush, especially susceptible to diabetics. A change in the bite can mean the growth of or the decay of any sort of tissue in the head.
If you notice growth or discoloration of the gums or the roof of the mouth, please see a dentist as soon as possible. Rarely does any sudden growth in the mouth heal itself without outside help. And then even so, it might cause scarring and tooth loss.
Our dentists can perform a biopsy on any troublesome tissue within the mouth. They will take your sample for further inspection in the lab.
How Can Oral Pathology Help Me?
Oral pathology is the study of all of the diseases affecting the mouth, and the identification and management of. By allowing your mouth to be studied under the microscope, we can determine if there is any form of infection within gum tissue.
Oral cancer is one of the predominant forms of illness seen by pathologists. It can affect people of any age, race, or gender. It is very important to stay vigilant in your mouth monitoring, and keep note of any early signs.
If you have any questions about oral pathology or would like to schedule an appointment, please call Balboa Dental Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, today at 949-630-0143. We look forward to hearing from you.