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Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer screening is just something we do for each and every single patient.  While most patient’s oral mucosa, or the special type of skin found inside the mouth, is smooth and coral pink in color, oral cancer screening is looking for any changes in the mucosa.  

Oral cancer screening is performed by looking inside the mouth for any change in color or patches of discolored areas.  The screening also includes feeling inside the mouth (with a gloved finger) for any lumps or thickened areas.  Changes in color or thickness could be a warning sign of many serious conditions including oral cancer.

Dr. Puckett encourages every patient to conduct a monthly self-oral examination and call him immediately if you discover any reddish or whitish patches, sores that fail to heal and bleeds easily, a lump or thickening of the lining or have a chronic sore throat or hoarseness, or difficulty in chewing or swallowing.  Be sure to feel inside your cheeks, the roof of your mouth and under your tongue.

Oral Pathology refers to the study of abnormal growths in and around the mouth.  If any changes are noted, an oral biopsy may be performed by Dr. Puckett.  A biopsy is when a small amount of tissue is removed for further evaluation.