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Dealing With Mouth Sores

Posted in Oral Cancer

If you have a sore in your mouth you are probably wondering what it is, when it will go away, and what to do about it.  This article will discuss some common strategies for dealing with mouth sores, and offer advice as to when you should see a dentist about any sore or lesion in your mouth.

There are several different types of mouth sores, but they are almost all from three major issues.  The most common reason we get sores in our mouth include infections of any sort.  Other issues include irritation to the lining of the cheek, gum line or tongue.  Finally, mouth sores may be an indicator of another disease and can be a warning sign of oral cancer.

If you have a small mouth sore, you may find rinsing your mouth with lukewarm water helps with the discomfort.  Maintaining your regular oral care is especially important during this time.  Continuing to brush twice daily, flossing daily and eating a well-balanced diet are incredibly important during this time.

If you have several sores, and find you are unable to eat or swallow, you should be evaluated immediately by your dentist.  Sores that make it difficult to swallow may eventually compromise your ability to breathe well and you want to have this taken care of right away.

If the sore in your mouth has been there longer than a week, you should have it evaluated by your dentist.  Your dentist will be able to accurately diagnose the reason for the sores, and also be able to provide treatment that will help the sores heal promptly.

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