At Hope Mills Dental, one of the most common complaints our dentists hear is problems with mouth sores.
There are many different kinds of oral lesions which can make eating and talking painful. Some are annoying yet harmless, while other sores are more serious and require medical intervention.
Though not contagious, the most common complaint is canker sores, which affect an estimated eighty percent of the population. Canker sores can be attributed to stress, tissue irritation, or acidic foods.
We can prescribe a topical dental paste to relieve pain and guard against infection. Recurring canker sores can sometimes be a symptom of a larger health problem.
Another common complaint is fever blisters or cold sores, which are contagious fluid-filled blisters. Raleigh cold sore sufferers should be aware that they can become infected. At Hope Mills Dental, we advise our patients on how to treat cold sores and avoid further breakouts.
Fungal infections and oral cancer can cause sores in the mouth and throat. See your Raleigh dentist if you experience any of the following:
- Lumps or discolored patches in the mouth lasting longer than three weeks
- Unusually large lesions
- Multiple sores
Hope Mills Dental dentists remind you that eating a well balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and not smoking can all aid in oral health and hygiene.
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