Mouth sores are a common condition. They can cause pain and discomfort. Some develop inside of the mouth and others develop on the lips and skin surrounding the mouth. There are several different types of mouth sores. The most common types include canker sores, cold sores, leukoplakia, and candidiasis. Your dentist can recommend treatments to relieve the symptoms of mouth sores.
Cold sores usually heal in about a week. There is no cure for herpes simplex I. Over-the-counter medications can provide symptom relief. Your dentist or doctor can prescribe antiviral medications that may help reduce the outbreaks.
Leukoplakia is treated by removing the irritant that causes the lesions. You may need to stop smoking or get new dentures. Your dentist will monitor the affected site and take a biopsy if necessary.
Candidiasis is treated by removing or controlling the causative factors. You should brush and floss your teeth according to your dentist’s instructions. Clean your dentures thoroughly. Do not wear dentures at night. If you have dry mouth, saliva substitutes can help. If your candidiasis is caused by a side effect from prescription medication or an underlying medical condition, talk to your dentist or doctor about treatments to combat the condition and relieve your symptoms.
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