One of our most important roles at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Rio Rancho and Farmington, NM, is to help our patients maintain the best possible dental health. Therefore, regular cleanings and checkups are essential.
Some of our patients have problems with mouth sores, which is the topic of this message.
If you have a mouth sore that lasts more than a week or two, it is essential to come in for an exam, even if your six-month checkup isn’t due for a while. This is because mouth sores can indicate disease, and an early assessment aids in preventing more serious issues.
If required, who can offer treatment and pain relief? In extreme cases, we will refer you to a medical professional specializing in ailments that can cause mouth sores.
There are two types of mouth sores: canker sores and cold sores.
Canker sores are small and ulcer-like, 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. A canker sore usually heals in a week or two. Antimicrobial mouth rinses, over-the-counter topical anesthetics, and avoiding spicy and acidic foods aid in 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.
For either condition, we can advise you on the best treatment.
At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Rio Rancho and Farmington, NM, our patient’s dental health is always our top priority. Services include family dentistry and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today!
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