Going to the dentist isn't any fun, but it is one of those things that just has to be done. For years, I fought the process and didn't go for my regular cleanings and in the end, it sure didn't pay to do so. I ended up spending ten times as much time in the chair and a boat-load of money in dental repairs. If you don't like going to the dentist, you can make it easier on yourself. This blog will show you a few tips that can help you improve the experience and get through the treatment without as much discomfort.
Mouth sores can cause a lot of discomfort when you speak, move your tongue, or eat. Sore spots can have many causes and sometimes they clear up on their own after several days. If you have a persistent sore or a sore that keeps coming back, see your dentist so he or she can uncover the cause and recommend treatment that helps. Here are some causes of mouth sores and the treatments your dentist might recommend.
Sores Caused By Braces Or Dentures
Braces can make your mouth feel uncomfortable, but sometimes they can cause sores to form from the irritation against your gums, cheeks, or the inside of your lip. Your dentist can recommend methods of treating the sore such as applying a numbing gel until the sore heals. An adjustment to your braces might be necessary too, especially if a wire has become loose.
Dentures can cause sores if they don't fit well. While dentures can be hard to get used to wearing at first and make your mouth a little sore, they shouldn't create sores due to being too tight or slipping. Dentures can be adjusted if necessary so you have a more comfortable fit.
Sores From A Sharp Tooth
If you break off a tip of a tooth, the edge could be so sharp that it creates a sore where it scrapes against your tongue or cheek. A permanent solution to this problem is to have the sharp edge removed or filled in so it doesn't irritate your mouth. While you wait for dental work, you might try an over-the-counter product that you apply to the sharp edge to cover it and prevent cutting your cheek or gum.
Sores From An Unknown Cause
Canker sores are fairly common, and the cause isn't always easy to identify. These are small, white, painful sores that erupt on your gums, cheek, or roof of your mouth. They can be caused by stress, irritation, allergies, cancer treatments, nutritional imbalance, and disorders of the GI tract. These sores usually go away after several days, but when they linger or keep coming back, your dentist should take a look to make sure they are common canker sores and not oral cancer.
Your dentist can also offer treatments such as gels that keep the sore covered and antibiotic mouthwash to help heal them. You may also be offered advice on how to manage the sores and prevent them from coming back. Some things that might help are avoiding spicy and acidic foods and brushing less vigorously.