Guyette Facial & Oral Surgery Center | Scottsdale, Phoenix, Avondale, AZ
The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign of a pathological process. The most serious of these is oral cancer.
As board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Dr. Robert Guyette, Dr. Olga Smutko and the team at Guyette Facial & Oral Surgery Center understand the importance of early detection of any pathology.
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The following conditions indicate a possible pathologic process or cancerous growth:
- Reddish patches (erythroplasia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth
- A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
- A lump or thickening of the skin lining on the inside of the mouth
- A chronic sore throat or hoarseness
- Difficulty in chewing or swallowing
- Swelling or any change in normal sensation or function of the oral structures
These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face, and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology and, curiously, is not initially 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.
Oral Cancer Screening
We recommend performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly. Remember, your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. If you feel that you or someone you know has any of these symptoms, or if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office so we may be of assistance to you.
Lesions of the Lips, Tongue, Palate, and Cheeks
- White Lesions
- Red Lesions
- Pigmented Lesions
Cysts and Tumors of the Jaw
- Benign Cysts
- Benign Tumors
Salivary Gland Disease
- Systemic Disease