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What you can do About Common Mouth Sores
Your dental health encompasses the oral cavity, which includes your teeth, mouth, gums, tongue and lips. Sometimes mouth sores occur that have nothing to do with your teeth, but require the attention of a dental professional to help relieve your pain and to help eliminate the sores.

Cold Sores

Sores on your lips that resemble a blister are one of the most frequently occurring in the oral cavity. Cold sores, which are a herpes virus, can be passed through any type of close contact or sharing drinks or utensils. Cold sores can occur on their own without a head cold and typically resolve on their own; however, if they occur frequently, dental attention should be sought.

Canker Sores

There is no definite reason for the development of canker sores in the mouth, but a few of the most common triggers include stress, vitamin deficiency, infections and sometimes imbalanced hormones. Canker sores can occur almost anywhere in the mouth and can be very painful. They are white with a red border and are flush with the oral tissue. There are OTC medicaments that can help alleviate the pain, as canker sores can last for over a week.


When you have an irritant in your mouth, such as jagged teeth or loose dentures, leukoplakia occurs. They appear as white patches around your cheeks and mouth and are typically painless. These patches should be examined by a professional dentist to determine the cause of the issue, to ensure that your teeth are in optimal health to avoid further issues.

Anytime you have unusual bumps or discolorations in or around your mouth, it is wise to have a dental professional examine it. More often than not, the sores or ailments will heal on their own, but it is wise to get it checked in the event it is more serious.
Choose a Healthy Diet to Decrease Dental Decay
The old saying, "you are what you eat," is true when it comes to your dental health. The more sugar you consume the more acid production in your mouth which increases your chance of decay. Some foods are deceptively loaded with sugar, so be sure to check the labels. In order to get your diet under control, choose foods that are whole, unprocessed and more alkaline. When you choose healthy fruits and vegetables in place of processed foods, your body will crave sugary foods less often, leaving your dental health in better shape in the long run.

Dealing with Sensitive Teeth
When consuming hot or cold food and drink, or brushing your teeth causes discomfort, you might be suffering from sensitive teeth. Sometimes sensitive teeth are caused by dental concerns, including cavities, cracked teeth or exposed roots. When you visit our dental professionals, we can help to determine the underlying cause of your discomfort and the appropriate treatment needed. If your sensitivity isn't caused by a serious issue, we can help you to determine the proper steps to take to alleviate your pain. Tools we can use to help with your sensitivity include desensitizing toothpaste, fluoride treatments or placing a bonded material to cover the exposed roots.

Carl and Walker Family Dentistry | | 541-926-6089
3120 Pacific Place SW, Albany, OR 97321



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