Mouth Sores can be bothersome as well as painful. Almost everyone experiences some type of mouth sore more than once in their lifetime. Mouth sores can be caused by several things such as
- Herpangina-These are mouth blisters caused by coxsackieviruses. Usually lasts 7 to 10 days and can be similar to hand foot and mouth disease.
- Cold sores-Also known as the herpes virus this is an incurable but treatable disease. Cold sores are characterized by small to larger fluid filled lesions usually in clusters.
- Canker sores-These sores usually occur inside the mouth and rarely on the lips. Canker sores are not contagious and are seen as small sores inside the lip
- Ulcers-Ulcers are very similar to canker sores but usually present themselves as a more painful blister on the mouth or tongue. These usually clear up within a few days on their own.
A mouth sore can be as simple as a cold sore or canker sore but when they occur more frequently, they can also be a symptom of an underlying issue. Oral Cancer can also present itself as a mouth sore that does not go away. If you notice a sore that is not healing don’t panic. Make an Appointment to see Reese Dental for a diagnosis.
Mouth sores can also happen after dental work. Most people who suffer from cold sores and canker sores will have a flair up after extensive dental work. People who receive Braces will often tend to have mouth sores due to new dental devices and rubbing which can be easily treated. Your dentist will teach you how to properly use wax and other preventatives to keep your braces from rubbing on the inside of your gums. A great alternative to metal braces would be Invisilign! The same great results without the issues that Metal Braces can cause.
You may have times where your gums are swollen or inflamed which can be due to bacteria growth and plaque. Seeing the dentist regularly for Dental Cleaning. The ADA recommend you visit your dentist every 6 months for your cleanings! Gingivitis sounds scary and it can be when left untreated but it can be reversed. Gingivitis symptoms are Bad Breath, Swollen Gums, bleeding when brushing your teeth. If you experience any of these symptoms you need to schedule an Appointment as soon as possible so you can start reversing these symptoms ASAP.
Healing Mouth Sores
If you are experiencing mouth pain you can use an over the counter mouthwash or numbing solution. If your sores last more than a few days and become frequent make an appointment as soon as possible to make sure there are no underlying issues causing these sores. Make sure you avoid acidic foods and spicy foods to keep from causing more irritation. Keep in mind most mouth sores are temporary and non-harmful. Keeping good oral hygiene and regular cleanings can help prevent frequent mouth sores. When you are ready Contact us to Schedule your next dental exam. Here are some helpful links to questions you may have for our office.