The inside of your mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin, called mucosa, which is smooth and pink. Any change in its appearance could be a warning sign for disease, the most serious being oral cancer. We recommend performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly, which we can teach you how to do. If you have suspicious lumps or sores, contact 6th Avenue Periodontics & Implant Dentistry so we can help right away.

Warning Signs

Warning signs for oral cancer may include:


– Reddish or whitish patches in the mouth


– A sore that doesn’t heal and bleeds easily


– A lump or thickening of the skin lining the inside of the mouth


– Chronic sore throat or hoarseness


– Difficulty in chewing or swallowing


These skin changes can be detected on your lips, cheeks, face, neck or palate; they can also happen in gum tissue around your teeth or tongue. Pain does not always occur and is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer.


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