Oral Pathology

Oral Cancer Exam

The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological process. The most serious of these is oral cancer. The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathologic process or cancerous growth:

  • 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.

These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face, and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology and is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer. We would recommend performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly and remember that your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores.

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Dear valued patients and families,

We are genuinely excited to see your smiling faces again soon! The safety of our patients and our team is of paramount importance. To ensure your safe experience at our clinic, we have updated protocols and have made changes in accordance with the recommendations from the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Toronto Public Health.

Our team will reach out to you to schedule your appointments and update you on how to proceed with your appointments.

Sincerely,

Dr. Gangbar, Dr. Su, Dr. Mohamed, and the PA team

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