Mucosa, a smooth, pink-ish skin that lines the inside of the mouth, can be used as a preventative measure against the development of a pathological disease. If the skin is noticeable altered, consult your dentist or periodontist, as this can be a strong indication of oral cancer. Signs of the development of a pathological process or potential cancerous growth include:
- Red or white patches around the mouth
- A sore that remains for a long period of time and that bleeds easily upon contact
- A lump lining the inside of the mouth
- Chronic hoarseness or sore throat
- Difficulty when swallowing and chewing
These signs can be seen on the lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue that surround the teeth, mouth, face, or neck. It is important to note that pain does not always occur alongside the progression of oral cancer. Still, if you are experiencing any pain around the mouth or face and cannot attribute an obvious cause to the pain, consult your dentist or periodontist. It is also recommended that you perform a self-examination on a monthly basis and take note of any suspicious sores or lumps that develop.