St. Petersburg Oral Surgery & Dental Implants FL
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 (erythroplakia) 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. Please contact us so we may help.
St. Petersburg Oral Surgery & Dental Implants
Patient Review By ANGELA H
Dr. Forts assistant Tasha as well as other office staff were incredible . The office had a minor delay from a previous procedure , they some technical issue with lights in one of their exam rooms ,New staff member , and a couple call outs for that day. Despite all of that you would have never thought any of the above was going on . I only knew of the above mentioned as we were making small talk as she was prepping me for my procedure and waiting for Dr. Fort. She was warm. friendly, had a positive attitude. she was not rushing around like a chicken w/ its head cut off, although In her head she may have been. The entire office appeared to being running smooth and efficiently despite everything. I work in the medical field myself so I know the kind of day they truly were having and yet you could not tell at all. It takes a special kind of person (Tasha) and staff to provide the care you guys did on this day .Also very appreciative to have received a phone call from Dr. Fort himself that evening to check up on me and even though I missed his call he left a message . Dr. Fort and his staff are incredible . I'm so thankful .
- ANGELA H