Common questions about oral pathology
What is oral pathology?
The term oral pathology encompasses all diseases or infections in the mouth, jaws, salivary glands, and facial muscles. Most oral pathologies are not serious and are easily treatable; however, some conditions, such as oral cancer, require immediate treatment to prevent them from developing into more serious problems. If you notice any suspicious symptoms in the mouth or throat, please contact one of our offices immediately.
Common signs to watch out for are any changes in the shape, texture, or color of your gums. Oral pathologies do not always present such noticeable symptoms, however, so it’s important to visit the dentist regularly. Dentists are trained to identify oral pathologies in the early stages before they can cause more serious problems.
What are the symptoms of an oral pathology?
Our mouths are in constant contact with bacteria, which makes them incredibly susceptible to infection and other disease. Maintaining good oral hygiene, such as regular brushing and flossing, is vital to keeping your mouth and other oral structures healthy. The most common symptoms of oral pathological processes include the following:
- Thickening of the lining of the mouth
- Recurrent swelling
- Lumps in the mouth or on the neck
- Change in texture, color, or shape of the mouth’s lining
- Bleeding sores that don’t heal
- Reddish or whitish patches on the cheeks, gums, or tongue
If you notice any of these symptoms, please call one of our offices immediately.
What are the different types of oral pathologies?
Oral pathologies most commonly occur when you do not take good enough care of your mouth. If you do not keep your mouth clean, it’s easy for the bacteria in contact with your mouth to develop into an infection or disease. The most common oral pathologies include the following:
- Oral fungal infections
- Salivary gland diseases
- Chronic ulcers
- Oral cysts and tumors
- Herpes simplex virus
- Oral cancers
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