Oral tumour is the irregular growth or mutation of hard or soft oral tissues in the mouth. It mostly occurs in elderly person. Oral tumour can be classified as benign or malignant tumours. Malignant tumour is commonly known as oral cancer, which can spread to other parts of the body and can be fatal. Therefore, if there is any uncommon manifestation appearing in the oral tissue, consult your doctor or dentist immediately for a detailed examination and seek appropriate treatment.
Up to date, we are still unsure of the causes of oral tumour but it is closely related to the following factors:
Chemicals such as nicotine and tar, etc., inside cigarettes, alcohol, or betel nut juice will slowly destroy oral tissue. Therefore, smoking, tobacco chewing, excessive intake of alcohol or chewing betel nut for a long period of time may lead to oral tumour.
Frequent taking of overly-hot food or drinks for an extended period of time, wearing unfit dentures that damage oral tissues for a long period of time, long term exposure to strong sunlight, or radiation can cause mutation of oral tissues.
Virus such as Human Papilloma virus is closely related to oral tumour.
Problems in endocrine system, immune system or metabolism are possible factors leading to oral tumours.