The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin called “mucosa”, that is smooth and coral pink in colour. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning for an abnormal, pathological process. There are various conditions that can occur in the mouth or jaws, either alone or in conjunction with some other body illness. The most serious of these is oral cancer, which represents about 3 to 4% of all cancers in North America.
What Is Oral Pathology?
Pathology is more of a scientific term relating to defining the nature of a disease, where it originated from, whether it is harmful or progressive, and how it can or should be treated. It is the part of oral health care that attends to oral disease and the examination of your mouth.
If anything out of the ordinary is detected during an oral pathology, your dentists might request a biopsy in order to find out of there is a legitimate concern.
What Is A Biopsy?
A biopsy is the removal of a small section of tissue in order to further investigate it under a microscope, which is really the only way to truly detect disease.
What Does a Dentist Look for During an Oral Pathology?
Your dentist will look for various abnormalities such as: red or white patches, ulcers that won’t heal, lumps or growths, odd thicknesses inside the mouth, chronic sore throat, and difficulty swallowing. They are looked for on the lips, cheeks, tongue, roof of the mouth, throat, and gum tissue and around the teeth.
There is not always pain associated with oral issues, so just because you don’t feel anything, doesn’t mean there isn’t something your dental professional could detect at a regular dental checkup.
At DentistsRUs, we want to ensure we help to maintain the health of our patients, and can better do so with regular dental care. So call any one of our Lower Mainland dentists, and allow them to keep your oral care in healthy order!