At OKC Smiles, one of the most common complaints we hear from Norman OK general 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 Norman OK population. Canker sores can be attributed to stress, tissue irritation, or acidic foods. Dr. Mark Phan 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. Norman OK cold sore sufferers should be aware that they can become infected. At OKC Smiles, 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 Norman area dentist if you experience any of the following:
- Lumps or discolored patches in the mouth lasting longer than three weeks
- Unusually large lesions
- Multiple sores
Dr. Phan and Dr. Murray remind patients that eating a well balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and not smoking can all aid in dental health and hygiene.
To schedule an appointment, or ask about other oral concerns, contact OKC Smiles today at 405-634-7303.
Dr. Mark Phan
Dr. Nicole Rynolds
OKC Smiles provides the full spectrum of general, cosmetic, and general dental services. We offer teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, crowns, clear braces, and complete smile makeovers.