Dentists are dedicated to more than just a person’s teeth. Dentists are dedicated to promoting optimal oral health, that has various links to general health. The inside of the mouth is typically smooth, pink in color, and lined with a special type of skin called mucosa. At regular dental check ups, a dentist looks at the entire mouth in order to notice any alterations of the mouth’s appearance. Any red or white patches, a sore that fails to heal, sores that bleed easily, a lump inside the mouth, a chronic sore throat, and/or difficulty swallowing can be major warning signs in a very serious problem. While sores and a sore throat may be easy to decipher to a patient, differences in the appearance of the inside of the mouth may only be noticed by a dentist.
The mouth is a complex and important organ that performs many different functions. It chews, speaks, swallows, breathes, grows teeth, produces saliva – just to name a few. But the mouth is also prone to a variety of medical and dental disorders. Oral pathology is concerned with the study and diagnosis of oral diseases. Oral cancer is often a cause for many of the symptoms related to pain of the lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue. Because the mouth is a host for most things that enter into a person’s body, it is vital that people who experience any symptoms of pain or chronic sores or hoarseness see their dentist right away.
For patients who have experienced any pathological changes, they may be referred to a dentist who specializes in oral pathology. If your dentist is that specialist, then s/he will be able to consult you as to the next stages for diagnosis and treatment. Protect your health by contacting your dentist if anything comes up that concerns you about your mouth and oral health.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants
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