The inside of the mouth is lined with a smooth pink tissue called mucosa. Any change in the texture and/or color of this tissue could be a warning sign of a pathologic process. The following can be indicators of pathology or cancerous changes:
- Red or white patches in the mouth or on the tongue
- A mouth sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
- A lump developing in the mouth, under or along the tongue, or a lump in or around the jaws
- Chronic sore throat or hoarseness and/or difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Any abnormal color or texture changes in areas where tobacco products are used
Changes can be seen on the face, lips, in the mouth, neck or head. Additionally, pain is not always associated with pathologic changes of oral, head and/or neck cancer. If you are concerned about changes in your tissue color or texture, please contact Dr. Ismaili as soon as possible.