Oral Pathology

Eugene J. Kim, DDS -  - Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

Pinnacle Peak Oral Surgery & Dental Implants

Eugene J. Kim, DDS

Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon located in Scottsdale, AZ

Oral pathology is an area of dental specialty focused on identifying and treating signs of disease within the mouth. Eugene J. Kim, DDS, of Pinnacle Peak Oral Surgery & Dental Implants in Scottsdale, Arizona, has extensive experience in oral pathology and offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services aimed at preserving a healthy smile. If you’re concerned about troubling changes in the soft tissues in your mouth, schedule an appointment by phone to find answers.

Oral Pathology

What is oral pathology?

Oral pathology is the area of dentistry that focuses on diseases affecting your mouth, face, head, and neck. All oral surgeons are trained in this area of practice, but Dr. Kim chose to go beyond the basic requirements to learn more about this critical part of oral health. 

Your mouth is lined with a special type of tissue called mucosa. That tissue should be smooth in texture and coral pink in color. If you notice changes in the color or texture of those tissues, there may be a problem at work that requires professional attention. 

Oral cancer is a type of oral pathology. When treated early, this type of cancer can be effectively eliminated. Left untreated, however, oral cancer can spread to other parts of the body and cause significant damage. 

What are the signs of oral pathology?

Knowing what to look for can make it easier to know when to book an appointment with Dr. Kim. Some of the signs of oral pathology include:

  • A sore that bleeds easily and is slow to heal
  • A lump or area of thickened tissue inside your mouth
  • Chronic sore throat or problems chewing or swallowing
  • Reddish or whitish patches in your mouth or throat

You might find these changes on your tongue, palate, cheeks, lips, gum tissue, or even your face and neck. 

How can I prevent oral pathology?

It’s not possible to prevent all cases of oral pathology, but embracing a solid oral hygiene routine is a great place to begin. Keeping your teeth and gums clean and free from plaque makes it harder for bacteria to multiply and cause problems in your mouth and surrounding tissues. 

Smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your oral health and your overall health and wellness. If you’re a smoker, or even just an occasional smoker, you should take steps to find a smoking cessation process that works for you. 

You should make a habit of examining the inside of your mouth so you know what looks normal and what might be a cause for concern. If you notice any of the above-mentioned signs of oral pathology, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kim by phone to find answers.