Oral Pathology: Could It Happen To Me?

Oral Pathology is a scary term to encounter. It sounds pretty serious, and definitely like something you’d want to avoid. Oral pathology covers diseases and conditions that develop in your mouth. While most oral pathologies are not life-threatening, they all need to be checked out by a dentist and many are referred to an oral surgeon for care. Oral pathology includes lumps, bumps, sores, cysts and anything unusual that develops in your mouth. This can happen to anyone, so let your dentist know immediately if you notice something new.

What’s Your Personal and Family History?

Your may be aware of certain oral pathology tendencies in yourself or your family. Canker sores, for example, may appear several times a year, and resolve on their own. Oral cancers appear more often in males, and in those over 55. There are genetic factors that may cause an increased risk of certain oral cancers. Make sure your dentist is aware of your history and be diligent about keeping regularly scheduled visits and referrals, so the professional staff can evaluate anything troublesome.

Do You Use Tobacco Products?

Let’s face it: tobacco is a problem. If you use tobacco products, or smoke anything at all, we urge you to cut back or quit entirely. Smoking and tobacco products increase your risks of oral pathology.

Are You Gentle With Oral Care?

Brushing is good, but it’s important to brush properly. That means a gentle touch, with a soft toothbrush. When you scrub at the teeth and gums, it’s true you are removing food and plaque. However, you may also be damaging sensitive gum tissue, which can open the door for infection, gum disease and even systemic problems, if oral bacteria reachers the bloodstream.

Oral Pathology Can Happen To Anyone

If you notice something new in your mouth, let your dentist know right away. Oral pathology doesn’t have to be scary, but it does need attention. Schedule the time you need in Rohnert Park, CA by calling Santa Rosa Oral Surgery at 707-545-4625 to schedule your visit today.