Stomatitis is the technical term for “sore mouth”, and any of you who have experienced sores within your mouth know of the disruptive and often painful nature of mouth sores.

Mouth sores can occur anywhere within your mouth, whether that’s your gums, tongue, cheeks, or anywhere around the palate. Because they can look and feel differently, we thought we would help you better map your way around the most common mouth sores, and offer you tips on how you can treat them yourself, and when you should get them looked at.

Common Types of Mouth Sores

Cold Sores – these fluid-filled sores often occur around the lips, but occasionally also appear on your gums or the roof of your mouth. Although they start off with liquid inside, they quickly become what looks like a scab, before which they often tingle and even itch. Cold sores will come and go within 7-10 days, and are commonly associated with the herpes virus simplex type 1, something worth checking out with your doctor. Cold sores are contagious until which time they are completely healed. Although you might not have an outbreak for years, the virus is always present in your body, it just lies dormant until which time there are triggers that cause it to erupt …triggers such as stress, fevers, a change in hormones, and even exposure to the sun – among other things.

Canker Sores – these soresare actually mouth ulcers, and can appear to be white or yellow in colour with a red outer ring. They can appear as a single ulcer or as a cluster on your tongue, cheeks or inside of the lip. They last anywhere from 5-10 days and will go away on their own. Their origin is unknown, but contributors are medications, stress, poor nutrition, citrus, and a ream of other potentials. They are also a potential indicator of an autoimmune disease, but they are not contagious.

Drinking lots of water, rinsing with salt water, and proper oral care are your first go-to solutions to prompt these sores to be released from the body quickly, but Blistex and Campho-Phenique may also provide relief of canker sores and cold sores – check with your doctor or dental professional.

At DentistsRUs, we want to help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health. So call or click on one of our many dental professionals in your area for a dental checkup today!

Burnaby Sedation & General Dentistry | 250 – 3433 North Rd. Burnaby, BC | 604.568.2211

Langley Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 – 19978 72nd Avenue Langley, BC | 604.514.6499

Tri-City Sedation & General Dentistry | #1412-2929 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam, BC | 604.942.5222

Coast Meridian Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 3380 David Ave, Coquitlam, BC | 604.942.1110

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