If you have a mouth sore that lasts more than a week or two, come see us for an exam at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. Mouth sores can be an indicator of disease, and an early assessment helps with preventing more serious dilemmas.
If necessary, important treatment and pain relief can be offered. In certain cases we will refer you to a medical professional who specializes in conditions that can cause mouth sores.
There are two types of mouth sores: canker sores and cold sores.
- Canker sores are small ulcer-like sores with a white or gray base and a red border. They are found on the inside of the mouth and while they are not contagious, they can be painful. Canker sore generally heal in a week or two. Antimicrobial mouth-rinses, over-the-counter topical anesthetics, and avoiding spicy and acidic foods helps with temporary relief while your sore is healing.
- Cold sores, also called fever blisters or Herpes Simplex, are groups of fluid-filled blisters that appear around the lips, sometimes appearing under the nose or around the chin. Cold sores are contagious and painful, but typically heal in about a week. Some over-the-counter anesthetics furnish relief.
There are cutting-edge antiviral drugs on the market that have shown promise in curbing outbreaks, but there is currently no known cure.
At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we can provide relief. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to us for complete general and cosmetic dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment today!
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