At our Fort Worth practice, our doctors are always examining patients for oral pathology, or cancerous growths in the mouth. While most people think they’ll never get cancer in the mouth – especially if they’ve never smoked, vaped, or used chewing tobacco – that’s simply not the case. Every year, over 50,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with oral pathology, and some of them are right here in our own backyard.
You might be wondering what the signs of mouth cancer are. This is something your general dentist should be looking for at each routine visit. If they notice something unusual, they are likely to refer you to one of our Fort Worth surgeons.
Meanwhile you can be on the lookout for these common signs of oral pathology:
Reddish patches in the mouth
Whitish patches in the mouth
A lump in the mouth
Thickening of the skin lining the mouth
A chronic sore throat
Difficulty chewing or swallowing when this experience didn’t exist before
If you’re experiencing any of the above signs of oral pathology, it’s time that you head to our Fort Worth office immediately to see our doctors.
Recommended Self Examinations
We all know that we’re supposed to go to the dentist every 6 months. But a lot can happen during that time period in between visits. That’s why our doctors recommend that you perform regular self-checks for oral pathology so you can make an appointment with us as soon as you notice that something’s not quite right.
Additionally, if you have any unexplained pain in your jaw, mouth or cheeks, it’s a sign you should come to us for an oral pathology examination. Remember, we’re here to help you, and there’s nothing wrong with coming with us just to be safe. In fact, it’s always best to err on the side of caution!
Treatment of Oral Pathology
If our Fort Worth doctors suspect you have mouth cancer, it’s important that you have oral surgery immediately to remove or biopsy the growth. After all, prompt diagnosis is important to help prevent the potential cancer from spreading. If the biopsy proves the tissue was cancerous, you’ll require regular visits to ensure that it doesn’t come back, and if it does, that we can act fast and remove future growths.
Call Us Today to Schedule an Appointment
Whether your general dentist informed you he or she saw a suspicious growth in your mouth, or through a self-examination, you see something that wasn’t there before, suspected oral pathology requires immediate action. Trust us; when it comes to oral pathology, you just don’t want to wait. If you think you may have a cancerous growth in your mouth, there’s no time to delay. Contact our office in Fort Worth today to schedule an examination at (817) 731-2789.« How Long Should I Wait to Get Dental Implants After an Extraction?Common Reasons For Wisdom Teeth Removal »
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