One of the vital functions of your mouth is providing warning signs of health threats. Pathology is an area of the oral and maxillofacial specialty related to diagnosis of those symptoms. Dr. Howard Stevenson, Dr. Stephen Fairchild, and Dr. Timothy Surber are highly-trained and experienced in oral pathology, providing advanced services at their offices in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN.
The healthy mouth
Oral mucosa (skin that lines the mouth) should be smooth, with even, coral-pink coloration. Watch for the following aberrations inside the mouth – on cheeks, palate, gums, and tongue – as well as lips, lower half of the face, and neck:
- Erythroplakia (reddish spots) or leukoplakia (white patches)
- Sore that bleeds easily and resists healing
- Thickening of skin or noticeable lump
- Chronic hoarseness or sore throat
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
If you have symptoms, please bring them to the attention of a qualified oral pathologist right away. Remember that symptoms may develop slowly with little or no discomfort, and they do not necessarily mean you have oral cancer.
Oral pathology – from home to Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN
When you look in a mirror and open wide, you should see healthy oral mucosa. It is important to perform a thorough oral cancer self-examination every month. Unfortunately, you are not able to see every surface of the oral cavity.
Teaming up with the professionals at Stevenson, Fairchild & Surber OMS for an annual oral pathology screening provides an extra level of defense. Our offices in Valparaiso and Merrillville are equipped with the latest screening and diagnostic technologies. With over 70 years of combined experience, our doctors have seen countless variations of pathological warning signs. They are adept at identifying potential diseases of the mouth, jaws, temporomandibular joints, salivary glands, perioral skin, and facial structures. If the area of concern is best treated by another type of medical specialist, we provide referral and work closely with that healthcare practitioner.
With early detection and accurate diagnosis, most oral conditions are quite treatable, and the prognosis is good. Put your oral health in the qualified hands of our team. Call (219) 307-4382 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stevenson, Dr. Fairchild, or Dr. Surber.