At White & White, one of the most common complaints we hear from Midlothian dentistry patients 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 Bon Air population. Canker sores can be attributed to stress, tissue irritation, or acidic foods.
Drs. J. Scott White and Pranee White 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. Richmond cold sore sufferers should be aware that they can become infected. At White & White, 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 Richmond dentist if you experience any of the following:
Lumps or discolored patches in the mouth lasting longer than three weeks
Unusually large lesions
Drs. J. Scott White and Pranee White remind patients that eating a well balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and not smoking can all aid in oral health and hygiene.
To schedule an appointment, or ask about other oral concerns, contact White & White today at 804-302-5592.
White & White in Midlothian provides the full spectrum of general, cosmetic, and pediatric dental services. We offer Six Month Smiles, general dentistry, porcelain veneers, natural-looking dental crowns, wisdom teeth removal and complete smile makeovers.
The following online articles were used as source material for this blog:
‘Mouth Sores,’ American Academy of Otolaryngology, December 2010, http://www.entnet.org/HealthInformation/mouthSores.cfm, accessed on November 29, 2011
‘Dental Health and Canker Sores,’ WebMD, November 2011, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/canker-sores, accessed on November 29, 2011