Oral pathology is the specialty which deals with the identification, nature, and management, of oral diseases.
What are Signs of Oral and Maxillofacial Diseases?
Your gums should normally look smooth and coral pink in color. If you notice a change in this appearance, it could be an early development of a pathological process.
The most serious pathological disease is oral cancer. Here are some signs that could indicate the beginning of a pathologic process or cancer:
White and Red patches in the mouth (see Figure 1)
Sore(s) that bleed easily or fails to heal
Thickening or a lump on your gums inside your mouth
Difficulty swallowing or chewing
Constant sore throat or rasping
You can notice these changes on your cheeks, lips, face, neck, tongue, palate, and gum tissue around your teeth. You may not experience pain with these signs.
Should I Check for Oral Pathologies?
You should check your mouth monthly and look for changes like the ones listed above. You should never ignore suspicious sores or lumps. Contact Dr. Hane immediately if you notice any changes whatsoever.