Common Oral Health Concerns Treated by a Greensboro Dentist

Posted on: August 5, 2016

Greensboro DentistWhen you visit our Greensboro dentist office you can be sure that we will spend time discussing oral health. Our focus is on ensuring that you and your family can remain in excellent health, and to do so, we will examine you to look for any signs of tooth decay or gum disease. We will also spend time discussing how you can be proactive and stay healthier while at home. Tips include using a new toothbrush and brushing and flossing twice a day, eating a healthy and well-balanced diet, and visiting our office twice a year.  Doing so can help to prevent gum disease. However, there are additional oral health concerns that you may not be familiar with.  Here is what you should know –

Canker and Cold Sores

As a Greensboro Dentist office, we regularly treat patients that have cold or canker sores. They can be uncomfortable and irritating. Often manifesting themselves as red bumps or lesions on the inside or outside of your mouth, they can be concerning at the very least. However, you should know that cold sores and canker sores are not the same thing. Cold sores or fever blisters are an infection. They can be highly contagious and spread from person to person in your household. Fever blisters are typically going to show up on the outside of your mouth and they may even be by your nose. If someone in your family has them, you need to be sure that person washes their hands regularly and that there is no sharing of utensils or cups inside your household until they have gone away. Canker sores, on the other hand, are not necessarily contagious and are typically caused by your own immune system, or eating something acidic or high in sugar. If you are concerned about the sores in your mouth you can call our office for an examination and diagnosis.

Candidiasis or Thrush

Everyone has some level of the candida fungus in their mouths and their intestinal tract. This is perfectly natural and healthy. However, if your body begins to develop too much of the fungus you can end up with thrush. This may manifest itself as a white substance on the tongue. Some common causes are taking antibiotics or using a medication that triggers the fungus to grow. One way to reduce the risk is to take probiotics anytime that you are prescribed medication and to make sure to keep your mouth moist by drinking plenty of water. If you have a white film on your tongue after brushing your teeth, you could have candidiasis and we welcome you to call our dentist office and schedule an examination for treatment.

Oral Cancer

Unlike these other conditions, oral cancer is something that must be diagnosed immediately and treated without delay. Some of the signs of oral cancer can mask themselves as more innocent conditions so it is important to watch for red and white bumps in your mouth that do not go away, rough patches that do not fade, hard lumps and bumps in your mouth, or your teeth shifting out-of-place.

If you have these symptoms, we would like to examine you and may need to take a biopsy. If we believe that you have cancerous tissue, we will refer you to an oncologist for further testing and treatment.

To schedule an examination to discuss these or any concerns, call our Greensboro dentist office for an examination.  We will determine if you have any of these oral health problems or something else that requires medical intervention.

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