Typically, the tissues inside your mouth should be smooth and coral pink. When a shift occurs in and around the mouth, it should be assessed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Pain does not always appear with oral pathologies, so knowing how your mouth typically looks and feels is essential—conducting an oral self-exam at least once in a while is a healthy habit to get into. When you better understand your mouth, you know if and when changes occur. When detected early, most oral pathologies can be quickly treated. A biopsy is generally conducted to verify a diagnosis and prepare the proper treatment. An oral biopsy is a small tissue sample of the concerned area sent off to a lab for diagnosis. Dr. Jonathan K. Nakano can select the proper treatment from the pathologist’s findings.