There are many different types of mouth sores than can develop around or in the mouth. Some are painful, some are unsightly and some may be a sign of something more serious. If your mouth sore does not go away within 10 days, you should consult your dentist. If you suspect you have an infection, consult your dentist as soon as possible to eliminate complications.
Signs & Symptoms
Here are some of the more common soft-tissue disturbances and advice from the American Dental Association on what you can do about them:
- Candidiasis – also known as “thrush,” it is a fungal infection that occurs in the mouth or throat due to an overgrowth of yeast. Symptoms include white spots inside the mouth or on the tongue, sore throat and difficulty swallowing.
- Canker sores – these are small white or yellow center lesions with a red border. They develop in the mouth on the tongue, inside cheek areas, lips, gum line and throat area. They are not contagious.
- Cold sores – these sores appear as clusters of red, raised blisters outside the mouth — typically around the lips, but they can develop under the nose or under the chin. They are highly contagious.
- Tooth abscess – this occurs when there is a bacterial infection in the nerve of the tooth. Symptoms of a tooth abscess include severe toothache with pain, sensitivity to hot and cold beverages or food, fever and swollen lymph nodes.
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