What are the common problems seen in the mouth and jaw areas?

Soreness or burning

White or red lesions

Dryness or taste changes

Any discoloration of skin or mucosa

Swellings or bumps

Smoking or chewing tobacco-related problems

Problems during or after radiotherapy and chemotherapy for cancer

Abnormal findings of dental or jaw x-rays

The causes of these conditions can be locally related, such as allergies, trauma or infections, but more often they are systemic. “The mouth is a mirror of the body”. Some of these conditions can be the very first sign of a serious systemic disease and should not be ignored. The seemingly “small” problems could be life threatening if left untreated. Others are chronic, proper treatment can prevent future flare-ups.