Any mouth sore that lasts for more than a week should be seen by your Dentist. Mouth sores can be painful and annoying and they can occur for a variety of different reasons. Most mouth sores usually resolve themselves in a short period of time. If a mouth sore is persistent this could indicate that there is a more serious problem which your dentist can identify and help you with.
Mouth sores can occur as the result of different types of infections including bacterial, viral or fungal. Past dental work such as fillings that have developed a jagged edge can cause a mouth sore as can broken teeth or ill fitting dentures or orthodontic wire. Body wide systemic disease could also be the source for lingering sores in the mouth.
Common Sores Of The Mouth
Everybody gets canker sores also known as aphthous ulcers which look like little ulcers surrounded by a red edge. The cause of canker sores is unknown but it is thought that they are related to the immune system. Patients often report that they get canker sores after eating a lot of fruit or candy. This is thought to happen because the sugar causes an inflammation in the immune system. Canker sores are not viral and they are not contagious. They should be recognized as possible signs of poor dental care, and a bad diet. Canker sores have also been found to be triggered by stress, lack of sleep and depression. Your Dentist can prescribe topical gels or antimicrobial mouthwashes if your canker sore problem continues. There are also over the counter medications that can help. The application of ice is also helpful.
Mouth Sores Caused By Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1
Mouth sores that are caused by Herpes Simplex are most commonly known as cold sores. Almost 70% of Americans carry the herpes simplex virus type 1. These fever blisters can happen around the mouth, in the mouth, and sometimes even on the nose or chin. Cold sores are very contagious but not serious and will heal up in around a week without treatment. Once you have herpes simplex the virus can return when you are stressed, tired, or if you get too much sun. If herpes mouth sores are a persistent problem your dentist can prescribe anti viral medication.
Mouth Sores From Smoking, Dentures Or Oral Cancer
A common type of mouth sore that primarily smokers get is called leukoplakia. They can also occur from ill fitting dentures or as a result of oral cancer. These mouth sores look like white patches and they can show up on the gums or the tongue or on the inside of the cheeks.
If your Dentist Beverly MA thinks the sore looks suspicious he or she may order a biopsy of the area. If the sores are from smoking they will resolve when the patient stops smoking. If dentures are the suspected cause of leukoplaka then they will need to be replaced. If your mouth sores continue to be a problem make an appointment with your Dentist to get them examined and taken care of.