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By Sweet Tooth Dental
February 23, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: mouth sores  

Mouth sores are a painful and irritating condition that affects many people. Dealing with different kinds of mouth sores can be difficult, mouth soresbut, luckily your dentist can help you pinpoint the best treatment to help you decrease your discomfort and go back to feeling great in no time. Find out more about mouth sores with Dr. Garrett Oka at Sweet Tooth Dental in Kailua Kona, HI.

Types of Mouth Sores

  • Fever Blisters: Fever blisters, also called cold sores, are a form of the herpes simplex virus type 1, called HSV-1. The virus moves from person to person by saliva transfer, such as from direct contact or sharing utensils or drinks. While many kinds of treatments are available over-the-counter from drug stores, your dentist can help you tackle recurring or painful fever blisters.
  • Thrush: Common in older individuals, young children and babies, oral thrush comes from a fungus and occurs inside the mouth. Thrush looks like white, raised areas on the oral tissues. You may have a severe case of thrush if you have difficulty swallowing or a full feeling in the throat, especially when accompanied by fever.
  • Canker Sores: Canker sores are painful blisters inside the mouth normally smaller than the size of a pencil eraser. These painful sores can appear anywhere around the mouth, including the cheeks, gums and tongue.
  • Oral Cancer: Oral cancer often presents itself as a mouth sore which does not heal. It may occur alongside other symptoms like loose teeth, white or red patches in the mouth, or thickening of the skin in the mouth.

Mouth Sore Treatment in Kailua Kona, HI 
Treating mouth sores depends on the underlying diagnosis. Some mouth sores like canker sores simply need time to allow the body to heal itself. Others may require some kind of over-the-counter ointment or gel. However, if your mouth sore becomes very painful, large or begins affecting your daily life, you should see your dentist as soon as possible.

For more information on mouth sores or how to treat them, please contact Dr. Oka at Sweet Tooth Dental in Kailua Kona, HI. Call (808) 329-0889 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Oka today!

By Sweet Tooth Dental
October 23, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: mouth sores  

They seemingly pop up out of the blue inside your mouth: tiny sores that are sometimes painful — and always annoying. Then, in about a week to ten days these small, irritating lesions are gone.

They're known as canker sores: the most common break out in the linings of the mouth, including the cheeks, lips, under the tongue or even the back of the throat. Medically known as aphthous ulcers, you'll recognize these round lesions by their yellow-gray center surrounded by a red “halo.”

You might feel a tingling sensation a couple of days before an outbreak. Once they appear they usually last a week to ten days; during that time they can cause discomfort especially while eating or drinking.

We don't know fully what causes canker sores, but it's believed they're related to abnormalities in the immune system, the processes in the body that fight infection and disease. High stress or anxiety and certain acidic or spicy foods like citrus fruit or tomato sauce also seem to trigger them.

Most people experience canker sores that range in intensity from slight discomfort to sometimes severe pain. But about 20-25% of people, mostly women, have an acute form known as recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS). Thought to be hereditary, RAS produces clusters of ulcers that are almost always painful, and which come and go on a regular basis.

Our main treatment goal with canker sores is to decrease discomfort while the outbreak runs its course and promote rapid healing. There are over-the-counter ointments that often prove effective. For more resistant symptoms we can also prescribe topical or injectable steroids or other medications.

Canker sores are rarely concerning as a significant health issue. You should, however, take an outbreak seriously if it hasn't healed within two weeks, if the outbreaks seem to be increasing in frequency or severity, or you're never without a sore in your mouth. In these cases, we may need to take a tissue sample of the lesion to biopsy for signs of cancer, pre-cancer or some other skin disease.

More than likely, though, the canker sore will be benign albeit annoying. With effective treatment, though, you can get through the outbreak with only a minimal amount of discomfort.

If you would like more information on treating canker sores, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Mouth Sores.”