The inside of the mouth is lined with smooth, pink skin called mucosa. Any difference in this appearance could be a sign of disease. The following symptoms on the lips, cheeks, palate or gum tissue should be examined by a doctor:
• Reddish patches (erythroplasia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth.
• A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily.
• A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth.
• Chronic sore throat or hoarseness. Difficulty in chewing or swallowing.
We recommend performing monthly self-examinations. If you notice a suspicious lump or sore, please contact us immediately.