At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, one of the most common complaints we hear from Boulder cosmetic dentistry patients is problems with mouth sores.
There are many different kinds of oral lesions which can make eating and talking painful. Some are annoying yet harmless, while other sores are more serious and require medical intervention.
Though not contagious, the most common complaint is canker sores, which affect an estimated eighty percent of the Boulder population. Canker sores can be attributed to stress, tissue irritation, or acidic foods. Dr. Gordon West can prescribe a topical dental paste to relieve pain and guard against infection. Recurring canker sores can sometimes be a symptom of a larger health problem.
Another common complaint is fever blisters or cold sores, which are contagious fluid-filled blisters. Boulder cold sore sufferers should be aware that they can become infected. At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, we advise our patients on how to treat cold sores and avoid further breakouts.
Fungal infections and oral cancer can cause sores in the mouth and throat. See your Boulder dentist if you experience any of the following:
Lumps or discolored patches in the mouth lasting longer than three weeks
Unusually large lesions
Dr. Gordon West reminds patients that eating a well balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and not smoking can all aid in oral health and hygiene.
To schedule an appointment, or ask about other oral concerns, contact Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry today at 303-665-5335.
Dr. Gordon West
Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry
Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry provides the full spectrum of general, cosmetic, and sedation dentistry services. We offer teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, crowns and bridges, orthodontia, and complete smile makeovers.