Don’t ignore those mouth sores

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Some dental problems often get overlooked … problems like unsightly mouth sores. We may view these issues as unpreventable or something that will simply go away. However, ignoring these dental issues could potentially cause worse dental problems, affect your overall health or be a symptom of a larger issue. No dental issue is too small or insignificant to overlook, and Cottage Dental Care is here to help.

There are two types of sores that can appear in your mouth: canker sores and cold sores. Canker sores are the most common. These small yet painful pockets are caused by a variety of triggers including stress, diet, hormone change, damaged teeth and irritation within the mouth. Canker sores usually last less than two weeks but pack a painful punch. Typically, canker sores disappear without any treatment; however, if they occur frequently, they may be a symptom of a larger dental issue such as damaged teeth causing irritation in your mouth. If you encounter canker sores often, inform us at Cottage Dental Care. We will gladly ensure canker sores aren’t a result of a broader issue needing treatment.

The other type of mouth sores is commonly referred to as cold sores, fever blisters, or Herpes Simplex Type 1. These sores are caused by a virus rather than irritation and are extremely contagious. How can you tell the difference between cold sores and canker sores? Cold sores typically appear outside your mouth while canker sores are usually inside your mouth. There is no cure for cold sores, but steps can be taken to decrease occurrence and intensity including washing your hands, using sun block and applying skin ointments. If cold sores become frequent, Dr. Krug can prescribe medication to help deal with symptoms.

Whether you endure cold sores or canker sores, it’s important to take any irritation seriously. At Cottage Dental Care, we understand that underlying health issues may be the cause of mouth sores. We want to help you be as healthy as possible, and a healthy mouth leads to a healthy body. If you have any concerns about sores in your mouth, don’t hesitate to call. We look forward to seeing you soon at Cottage Dental Care!

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