Mouth sores: a minor irritation of the soft tissues of the mouth, including the tongue, cheeks, lips, and gums. Read on below to learn more about mouth sores, how they are caused, and how you can treat them.
There are many different types of mouth sores, and each are caused by different things. If you’ve been struggling with oral sores or have sores that are affecting your eating and drinking habits, call us. Read on below for more information about mouth sores.
Frequently Asked Questions About Mouth Sores
- What are the different types of mouth sores?
- What causes mouth sores?
- How can I prevent mouth sores?
What Are the Different Types of Mouth Sores?
You’re probably most familiar with the canker sore. This small ulcer can pop up on your lips, gums, or on the top or bottom of your mouth. Though small, if you’ve ever had one you know that they can be uncomfortable! These are harmless and will subside in a week or two. If the location of your canker sore causes pain when eating or drinking, ask your dentist about a recommended numbing spray.
Leukoplakia is caused by irritation from ill-fitting dentures, rough teeth, or smoking. These appear as white patches and will usually be found on the lining of your mouth or
on your tongue. If it does not go away on its own, contact your dentist as this can be a sign of a precancerous condition.
If you’re experiencing mouth sores that don’t seem to fit into the two listed above, contact your dentist. Many oral sores are easily treated and will clear up quickly; your dentist will be able to advise you on the best course of action.
What Causes Mouth Sores?
Eating foods that are highly acidic, biting your tongue or cheek, experiencing high stress or hormonal changes, or having new braces or dentures that rub against your mouth and gums are all ways patients can get mouth sores. Occasionally, sores are also caused by other medical conditions, including vitamin deficiencies or celiac disease.
How Can I Prevent Mouth Sores?
Once a sore pops up, be sure to avoid acidic foods that will aggravate the area, brush and floss daily, and try to take note of what may have caused it so that you can avoid a recurring problem in the future.
Find All of Your Oral Health Needs at Lane & Associates
Whether you’re dealing with a canker sore or are in need of more serious dental work, the team at Lane & Associates Family Dentistry is here to help. We’re proud to be your destination for all things dental care, from routine appointments to restorative services and cosmetic procedures. We’re also in network with nearly 20 different insurance providers, which means it’s easier than ever to get the care you deserve!
If you have questions about home treatments for mouth sores, would like to learn more about the services we provide, or are interested in scheduling an appointment with our team, contact us online or call us at 888-LANE-DDS today.