Did you know that a trip to your oral surgeon could save your life? During your exam, these practitioners will look for signs of oral cancer and other diseases. Oral pathology refers to an area of dentistry that is concerned with the health of the mouth and in particular the diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect the mouth.
Oral cancer accounts for about 5% of all cancers reported each year by the American Cancer Society, with users of tobacco and alcohol being at the greatest risk. While cancer is the most alarming term to most people, there are many other diseases that can affect the mouth and surrounding areas, each causing problems of their own. Early detection and diagnosis is the best way to maintain your oral health.
What are the most common types of oral pathology?
Dental decay and periodontal (gum) disease are the most common and well known diseases in the mouth, but there are many other common diseases that affect the mouth and surrounding areas as well such as:
- Burning Mouth Syndrome
- Dry Mouth Syndrome (Xerostomia)
- Lichen Planus
- Oral thrush (Candida Albicans)
In addition to detecting oral diseases, oral pathology is the first step in determining the best treatment for the patient. If you have noticed changes regarding your oral health such as red or white patches or lumps on soft tissues, contact Davis Oral Surgery in Raleigh, or call 919-488-2194 to schedule an evaluation.