What to do when you notice a mouth change? How to respond to a symptom in your smile when you have no idea what it points to? What do these different changes suggest? The short answer is that when something changes, you should schedule time to see us right away, so we can detect any possible disease and protect your mouth. As for common things you may notice (like sores and patches), we are happy to help you become familiar with possible causes, so you’re comfortable giving us a call if a change occurs.
Quiz Questions: True or False?
- True or False: When oral cancer displays symptoms, they generally include bad breath, red patches, white patches, painful jaw or tongue, and the sensation of a lump in your throat.
- True or False: If you have a canker sore, you can tell this mouth change apart from others like oral herpes quite easily.
- True or False: If you notice a change in the lining of your mouth but you aren’t sure what it is, it’s best to call us to schedule a checkup.
- True. It’s important to remember that this disease does not always present symptoms. However, when it does, these tell tale signs mean you should contact us right away for an exam and treatment.
- True. Canker sores are generally white or yellow in the center with a red border. They occur only in your mouth (not on your lips) and are often very uncomfortable.
- True. While you may feel like you’re overreacting to a mouth change, we believe there is no such thing as an overreaction to abnormalities. It is always wisest to have the problem checked out by professionals (us).