What do I do if I have sores in my mouth?
There are many things that can cause sores in your mouth such as infections, a sharp edge from a broken tooth, biting your tongue, lip or cheek, etc. Mouth sores can also be a symptom of a disease or disorder. Please call our office if you have any questions or have a sore that persists more than a week.
The most common sores are canker sores which appear on the inside of your mouth and Cold sores, also called fever blisters, are small blisters that develop on or around your lips. Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus type 1 and are very contagious. Both of these types of sores generally go away on their own, but there are over the counter anesthetics that can provide some comfort to the area. Be sure to maintain good oral hygiene to keep these areas clean and avoid hot, spicy or acidic foods that can irritate these sores. For more information, talk with Dr. Gitzen or Dr. Nelson or visit the American Dental Association's website at http://www.ada.org
. See the Oral Cancer section in the FAQ's in our website.