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Gentle Dental Care – Annette Williamson D.D.S.

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Mouth Sores

Sores in your mouth cause more than embarrassment; They hurt, they weep and they can be a symptom of a bigger disease or disorder. Most sores of the mouth are classified as either canker or cold sores. A sore that lasts longer than two weeks should be checked by Dr. Williamson.


Canker sores are small ulcers inside the mouth. Although their exact cause is unknown, doctors and dentists know they cannot be passed from person to person. Most experts believe that problems with the immune system, a bacteria or virus may be involved. Although most cankers heal on their own, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to prevent a secondary infection.


Often called fever blisters, cold sores are fluid-filled blisters that erupt around the lips. Caused by the herpes simplex virus, cold sores are contagious. Dr. Williamson may prescribe antiviral medications to reduce the incidence of the infection.


Leukoplakia are patches of excess cells that form inside the cheeks, gums or tongue. Common among tobacco users, leukoplakia may also result from ill-fitting dentures or chewing on the inside of the cheek. Some cases are associated with oral cancers. If Dr. Williamson suspects cancer, she will discuss it with you and recommend a tissue biopsy.