Oral Soft Tissue Conditions
The oral soft tissues include the lining of the mouth and the full thickness of the lips and cheeks.
Many conditions can cause changes to the lining of the mouth. These may have a very detrimental impact on quality of life and affect activities of day-to-day living such as speaking, eating or tooth-brushing. There may be pain or worry about the underlying causes and what the future may hold. Some changes are associated with serious and potentially life-threatening conditions where early recognition and management are important.
The Society has lobbied with partner organisations to raise awareness of the need for early mouth cancer detection and prevention.
Examples of conditions affecting the lining of the mouth that fall within the scope of specialist Oral Medicine clinical practice include:
• White, red, blistering or ulcerated lesions
• Soft tissue swellings
• Pigmented lesions
• Fibrosis or stiffening
Below are some case examples of oral soft tissues conditions that give an indication of the breadth of conditions and issues that may be involved.