In any case, papilloma of the mouth is a painless bump that can occur anywhere in the mouth. It can be found on the uvula, tonsil, palate, cheek, lip, etc. It has an irregular pitted surface like a strawberry or rasberry. It is typically pink to red in color though white can also occur. Treatment is surgical excision and is "curative." Curative is in quotes because although the mass is gone, it can recur in the same place or elsewhere given the virus itself is not "cured" and can trigger the papilloma growth again. The papilloma should be typed for HPV to determine if a high-risk HPV type is present. If so, the oral cavity should be examined regularly for recurrence and any suspicous lesions biopsied to minimize risk of oral cancer development. Our office also offers the Oral HPV Spit Test to check for any microscopic evidence for HPV infection in the mouth or throat that may lead to recurent papilloma formation.
This is an infection caused by yeast also known as candidiasis. This problem causes the development of patches that are white that often are cottage cheese-like on the surfaces of the tongue as well as the mouth. Oral thrush is common in infants and the elderly or in individuals with immune systems that are compromised. Individuals with diabetes as well as those using inhaled steroids for lung disease or asthma also get thrush. It is also likely to develop after using antibiotics killing the “good” bacteria in the mouth. Consuming plain yogurt with active and live cultures can aid in restoring the normal fauna in the mouth.