It is the job of an oral pathologist to diagnose disease in the mouth and recommend immediate treatment, writes a dentist in Leeds. The mouth is an important gateway to the body. Hence, maintaining its health and being able to recognise the causes of oral diseases are paramount. Bad oral hygiene, diet, poor immune systems, stress, smoking and heavy drinking can put extreme stresses on the mouth. It can start with plaque and tartar, leading to tooth decay, gum infections, periodontal and salivary disease- abscesses and lesions can develop, as well as oral cancer. If there are any signs of problems, it is the pathologist’s role is carry out extensive examinations using x-rays, radiographs, dental imaging, biopsies and biochemical examinations of the oral and maxillofacial regions in order to come to a precise diagnosis of the disease and then design a course of treatment. This often involves surgery and the pathologist will work closely with other specialists such as orthodontists, endodontists and periodontists to ensure that the best procedures lead to the best results for the patient.