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 (erythroplasia) 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 curiously, 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.
For more information about Oral Cancer Screening or to make an appointment with Dr. Schelkun, Dr. Kienle or Dr. Steinkeler, please use our Contact Us form or call our office: Warminster Office Phone Number 215-672-6560.
Tobacco and Oral Cancer
If you are a current or former smoker or tobacco user, the risks for oral cancer are dramatically increased.
Benefits of Oral Surgeons Performing Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons, such as Dr. Schelkun, Dr. Kienle and Dr. Steinkeler, are the only dental specialists who are fully trained in all oral surgery procedures. All doctors in our practice are board certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery and in anesthesia and have earned both medical and dental degrees.
Drs. Schelkun & Kienle Associates is the only practice in the Delaware Valley/Tri-State area that
- Has all of our surgical facilities fully accredited by the Joint Commission.
- Has surgeons uniquely qualified with both medical and dental degrees, as well as board certification in oral and maxillofacial surgery and anesthesia.
You can be assured that Dr. Schelkun, Dr. Kienle and Dr. Steinkeler have the best training and experience, along with the proper staff and facilities, to provide you with exceptional safe and comfortable surgical care. Call us today and schedule an appointment: Warminster Office Phone Number 215-672-6560
Patient Reviews: Oral Screening
This reviews section is in progress. Please visit the Patient Review Form page to leave a review about your oral cancer screening experience with Drs. Schelkun & Kienle Associates. Call our office if you would like more information: Warminster Office Phone Number 215-672-6560.