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Squeaky Clean Can Get Oral Cancer Too (Part 2)

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By Tooth Fairy / www.divinecaroline.com

What to Expect After the Referral
Well, the specialist will take a look and most likely will do a biopsy. There are a couple different types of biopsies. Depending on the lesion, they might do a brush biopsy.

This is where they just take a little bristle brush and brush it over the lesion to get a tissue sample or the might just biopsy the whole thing (which sounds good to me why wait just get rid of it). They then will send it to the lab and the lab will send it back for the results. Then depending on the results it will go one step at a time, or phew I’m glad that’s done with. The only way to know for sure if it is, or isn’t cancerous is to do a biopsy—sorry.

Okay, so don’t panic. If you see some of these things I have described above, don’t worry too much. Some peoples’ gums naturally have brown pigmentation like freckles, and some people will have what we call amalgam tattoos from fillings which cause discoloration but isn’t harmful. Also some people may have just bit down on something wrong and have not realized it. Many people also grow extra bone (Tori, pronounced” tore-eye”) on and around their mandible (lower jaw) and maxilla (upper) and palate (roof of your mouth)this is fine, no need to worry you just have extra bone, lucky you. But if you have any questions don’t hesitate to have it looked at. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Any lesions in the mouth caused by a biting down wrong, or burns, should heal within two weeks or less. The mouth is quite resilient. So if it isn’t healing get it checked. I want to add one more thing excessive bleeding is not normal. I know I have discussed bleeding gums as a sign of gum disease and gingivitis, which it is. But if you are able to fill a dixie cup with in a matter of minutes with blood this is not related to gum disease. I relate this because sadly, about three years ago a young college student came in to our office because of this exact situation. She thought it might be gum disease so she tried her home care for a while and it didn’t get better.

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