Oral Disease

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.

Ann Fay Periodontics

Dr. Ann Fay and her staff specialize in treating periodontal diseases (a persistent infection in the gums). Using non-surgical, surgical, and regenerative techniques, we can help treat the underlying causes of your disease. Our goal is to stabilize your periodontal health in the most non-invasive and cost-effective way possible.

Plaza Office

4320 Wornall Rd., Suite 446
Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: (816) 561-8466
Fax: (816) 561-2795

Shawnee Office

6333 Long Ave., Suite 201
Shawnee, KS 66216
Phone: (913) 268-9300
Fax: (913) 268-4202