Oral Surgery Associates of Anchorage, AK, offers a wide range of dental care and oral surgery services, from dental implants to the removal of wisdom teeth and more. Their surgeons handle every patient with the utmost care and expertise and are committed to putting your comfort and well-being first and foremost. Among the procedures at Oral Surgery Associates is a focus on oral pathology, including how to detect it and handle anything that might develop as a result.
Oral pathology concerns diseases of the mouth and related areas, many of which can lead to issues elsewhere. A variety of visual cues could indicate a pathological process—with oral cancer being among the most serious—and Oral Surgery Associates wants to help you know how to point them out and when to call for help.
Any time the inside lining of the mouth is discolored or appears in any way different from its typically smooth texture and coral pink color tends to be a clear warning sign. Pain isn't always associated with these diseases, so don't wait until you feel something. Here are some specific oral pathology cues to be on the lookout for inside and around the mouth:
• Regularly sore throat or hoarse voice
• Chewing and swallowing difficulties
• Reddish or whitish patches
• Sores that bleed easily and don't heal properly
• Lumps or thickened skin
Oral Surgery Associates recommends monthly oral cancer self-examination for all, paired with a reminder of just how important your mouth is to your body as a whole. For any further questions and concerns, you can visit their website for more information or call them at (907) 561-1430.