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What are Canker and Mouth Sores?

September 15, 2010

Filed under: Dental Care,Dental Facts — Tags: — admin @ 9:40 am

We found another great article on the Colgate website.

What are Mouth Irritations and Oral Lesions?
Mouth irritations and oral lesions are swellings, spots or sores on your mouth, lips or tongue.

Although there are numerous types of mouth sores and disorders, among the most common are canker sores, cold sores, leukoplakia and candidiasis (thrush).

If you have a mouth sore, you’re not alone-around one third of all people are affected at some point.

Nonetheless, mouth sores, irritations and lesions can be painful, unsightly and can interfere with eating and speaking.

Any mouth sore that persists for a week or more should be examined by your dentist. A biopsy (tissue taken for testing) may be advised and can usually determine the cause, ruling out such serious diseases as cancer and HIV.

Keep reading to learn

How do I Know if I Have a Mouth Sore or Oral Lesion?

How are Mouth Irritations and Oral Lesions Treated?

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