Oral Pathology, Diagnosing and Treating Oral Disease

Good preventative care is the cornerstone of oral health. Even with diligent habits, dental problems may still arise. Oral pathology is the science of diagnosing and treating oral diseases. At Dr. Bostani’s Advanced Dental in Burbank, California, we are committed to helping our patients get the care they need through our oral pathology services. If you have symptoms and are unsure of the cause, seeking evaluation can help determine the problem.

What is oral pathology?

According to the American Dental Association, “Oral pathology deals with the nature, identification, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions.” In lay terms, this means that oral pathology is understanding the causes and treatments of oral diseases. If you are struggling with symptoms, oral pathology can help you find the answers.

The purpose of oral pathology

Oral pathology allows us to know precisely what is going on so that we can provide the proper treatment. Through examinations, lab testing, and personal health backgrounds, we can accurately determine what is causing the problems.

Types of oral diseases

There are several different types of oral diseases that can cause you to seek out diagnosis and treatment. They include:

  • Gum Disease – one of the most common types of oral infections
  • Tooth loss – several different oral diseases can lead to tooth loss
  • Cancer – symptoms may include open wounds, lumps, or discoloration of the tongue or gums
  • Infections – can have a variety of causes
  • Pain – issues of pain in the mouth, jaw, or neck may have several underlying causes

Risk factors for oral diseases

There are both lifestyle and hereditary risk factors for oral diseases. Aside from personal risk factors, these habits can contribute to dental abnormalities or oral diseases:

  • Smoking/tobacco use
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Unhealthy diet

Oral health contributes to total wellness

Keeping your mouth healthy can help you enjoy a healthier life. The best way to protect your oral health is through good oral hygiene habits such as:

  • Brushing and flossing regularly
  • Maintaining routine dental visits
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Quitting or limiting smoking and alcohol
  • Drinking plenty of water

If you are in the Burbank, California, area and are experiencing symptoms that you would like evaluated, please call the team at Dr. Bostani’s Advanced Dental at (818) 918-5533.