Do you have a new or persistent sore in your mouth? Take a look at these common causes (and treatments) for oral sores.
These sores appear inside the mouth and on the inner parts of the lip. They’re characterized by a raw, red border surrounding a pale or white inner circle, and are usually tender to the touch. While there’s no cure, most canker sores heal on their own within a few days of appearing.
Another common source of mouth sores is the herpes simplex virus, which produces small fluid-filled blisters around the outside of the mouth. These sores usually appear in groups and will crust over after bursting. There is no cure for cold sores (also called “fever blisters”), but your doctor may prescribe an antiviral to help speed up the healing process and prevent future outbreaks.
Candidiasis, or “thrush,” is a fungus that affects the inside of the mouth. It usually presents as a yellowish-white coating on the tongue and can interfere with your ability to taste. A mild case of thrush can be cured by eating unsweetened yogurt or by taking acidophilus. More advanced cases may require treatment with a topical or oral antifungal medication.
Oral Cancer and Dysplasia
Precancerous lesions can appear on the tongue, cheek, or even the gums. They’re especially common in people who smoke or chew tobacco. If you notice a thick, painless white patch that doesn’t heal on its own, you should make an appointment with us as soon as possible.