This is an area of dentistry that is concerned with oral health; the diagnosis and management of disease in your mouth.
While some oral diseases present with obvious signs and symptoms such as bleeding gums, bad breath, swelling of tissues or discomfort, others do not. Other conditions may present with no symptoms what-so-ever; some of these conditions may be an indication of an underlying general medical conditions.
Examples of oral diseases are:
- dental decay
- periodontal disease (gum disease)
- mouth ulcers
- soft tissue lesions
Mouth ulcers can look like blisters on the soft tissues in the mouth
Mouth ulcers are small lesions that may develop in your cheeks, inside the lips, on the tongue, palate or in the floor of the mouth. Any ulcer that does not heal within three weeks should be checked by your dentist or trained oral health professional. Mouth ulcers may result from a number of causes which include:
- bacterial, viral or fungal infections
- in connection with diseases of the gut (such as Coeliac disease)
- sensitivities to acidic foods
- trigger foods such as chocolate and coffee
- minor injury to mouth from hard brushing or sports injury
- connective tissue disorders
- auto-immune disease
- more sinister lesions that should be checked for the presence of cancerous cells
Do you have an unusual lesion or lump in your mouth?
There are numerous types of soft tissue lesions and hard bony lesions that can grow in the body, many of which can occur in the mouth and facial region. If you find unusual lumps, bumps or ulcers book an appointment with Dr Priestland so he can decide if the lump needs to be removed.
Did you know that in its early stages oral cancer resembles mouth ulcers?
In some instances, ulcers and unusual lesions that present in the mouth may be found to be oral cancer. The secret to successful treatment is early diagnosis. Such lesions must be assessed as soon as possible hence the importance of attending for regular dental and oral examination.
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