ORAL MEDICINE : Prevalence of Oral Mucosal Lesions in Children

Oral mucosal lesions are a broad group of alterations located in the soft tissues of the oral cavity, recognizable by their etiology, clinical characteristics, prognosis, and dissimilar treatments. 

The clinical exam to obtain a diagnosis of oral conditions and lesions is fundamental, which is why, it must be correct, thorough, and systematic. 


The exam of soft tissues in pediatric patients involves knowledge of normal size, shape, color, and texture of the structures that comprise it. The correct exploration of the oral mucosa can provide important tools in diagnosing developmental, neoplastic, infectious, or inflammatory alterations. 

The lesions in oral mucosa in children can present as vesicles, ulcers, macules, changes in color, size alterations, and configuration of the oral anatomy. 

In Chile, there are few studies about oral mucosal lesions, neither in adult or pediatric populations. On the other hand, it is important to organize and standardize the criteria of examination for the various medical procedures in oral mucosa. 

°International journal of odontostomatology 
°Prevalence of Oral Mucosal Lesions in Children 
°Yáñez M.; Escobar E.; Oviedo C.; Stillfried A. & Pennacchiotti G.

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