At Excellence In Dentistry, one of the most common complaints we hear from Alaska cosmetic 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 Alaska population. Canker sores can be attributed to stress, tissue irritation, or acidic foods. Dr. Kirk Johnson 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. Alaska cold sore sufferers should be aware that they can become infected. At Excellence In Dentistry, 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 Alaska 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. Kirk Johnson reminds patients that eating a well balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and not smoking can all aid in oral health and hygiene.

To schedule an appointment, or ask about other oral concerns, contact Excellence In Dentistry today at (907) 349-0022.

Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
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(907) 349-0022

Excellence In Dentistry provides the full spectrum of general, cosmetic, and sedation dentistry services. We offer teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, crowns and bridges, clear braces, and complete smile makeovers.