It’s not unusual to have a problem with your mouth from time to time. Certain issues can affect your gums, lips, tongue, inner cheeks, roof of your mouth, your neck or your teeth. Your mouth may be dry, or food may not taste right. You may have bad breath or a sore on your lip, gums, or tongue that makes it hard to eat or talk.
Today we’re going to take a look at some of the most common ones we see here in our office.
Cold Sores: The virus that causes cold sores is usually passed via a kiss, shared utensils, or other close contact. Over-the-counter creams and ointments may help discomfort and speed healing.
Thrush: Caused by candida yeast, thrush is most common in older adults or babies. But a weakened immune system, antibiotics, diabetes, or certain medications — such as inhaled corticosteroids — can give candida a chance to grow wild.
Canker Sores: These sores can show up on the tongue, cheek, even your gums. They usually last a week or two. Persistent, severe canker sores can be treated with numbing creams, prescription drugs, or dental lasers.
Oral Cancer: Symptoms can include: a mouth sore that doesn’t go away; unexplained numbness in the face, mouth or neck; problems chewing, speaking or swallowing.
TMJ: A problem with the jaw called temporomandibular joint syndrome can cause severe pain in the jaw, face, ear or neck as a result of clenching, tooth grinding, or injury.
Chipped Teeth: Tiny chips or cracks may not be a bother, but anything more could lead to pain or permanent tooth damage.
Gum Disease: When gum disease develops, bacteria in plaque accumulate along the gum line. Symptoms include red, puffy, and bleeding gums.
Periodontitis: The next stage of gum disease is periodontitis, or gum infection. Increased inflammation causes the gums to recede, forming pockets between the teeth and gums.
Bad Breath: Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth may be from continuous breathing through your mouth, dry mouth, tooth decay, a sign of gum disease, or even diabetes.
When it comes to your oral health, proactive prevention is key. If you are experiencing these or any other issues in your mouth – don’t wait to get it checked – call our office today to schedule an appointment. Without proper treatment, these problems will only get worse and can result in permanent damage!