Common Mouth Sores
Many people are frustrated by the pain of mouth sores and stymied in their attempts to get rid of them.
They cause lots of pain and much fretting and worrying. You almost need an expert to tell you the cause of sores in the mouth.
There are telltale characteristics of the various types of mouth sores, however.
If you're experiencing small, painful ulcerations inside your mouth, they might very well be canker sores. Properly called aphthous sores, they have a whitish or grayish base surrounded by a raised rim of tender red tissue. You never find them on the outside of the mouth.
Your doctor will most likely be unable to pinpoint the cause of these mouth sores; they are possibly viral or bacterial in nature.
Many people develop them from problems with their immune system. Fatigue, stress, and allergies also contribute to their formation.
And if you cut the tender tissue inside of the mouth -biting your tongue or the inside of your teeth, for example- a canker sore is likely to form.
These are other types of painful sores in the mouth area. They grow on the outside of the mouth along the lips. Some people develop them on the chin area or on the skin between the lip and nose.
They are caused by a virus, namely herpes virus type 1. This virus is very similar but not identical to the herpes virus type 2. Actually, there are more than six dozen types of herpes viruses.
The type that causes cold sores results in tiny fluid-filled blisters that form singly or in groups. Once you've suffered an outbreak of cold sores, you'll find yourself prone to having additional attacks over time.
What triggers a herpes sore around the mouth? Doctors speculate that this viral infection can flair up following fever, emotional upset, sunburn, or trauma to the skin.
Canker Sore vs. Cold Sore: What's the Difference?
People often confuse these two types of sores, so let's compare them.
When an excess of cells forms along the tissues that make up the inside of the cheeks, or on the tongue or gums, white patches develop.
This is referred to as leukoplakia, and it is common among those who use tobacco, especially when it is held against the inside of the cheek.
It can also result from poorly fitting dentures or from excessive chewing on those tissues.
It is sometimes a precursor to cancer, so your dentist might want to perform a biopsy. To get rid of it, your dentist will advise that you stop using tobacco or he will fit you with dentures that fit better.
Also known as thrush or moniliasis, these lesions that look like cottage cheese curds are symptomatic of a fungal infection caused by the Candida albicans yeast.
It occurs most often in people who wear dentures, and it's also common among those who are battling illnesses that have compromised their immune system.
Most often, those affected are either the very young, the very old, or the very ill. You can also develop it if you suffer from dry mouth syndrome or if you've undergone a course of antibiotic treatment.
The cure focuses on prescription medications to eliminate the yeast and good hygiene to maintain a healthy mouth environment.
Complications from Braces
Many people with braces experience oral lesions, and they fail to realize their difficulties are caused by problems with their hardware.
You can have a wire broken and out of position that irritates tender mouth tissue. And some people are allergic to components of their braces.
Learn more about different types of mouth sores in general.
A more specific article about Canker Sores in the Mouth.
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