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Causes of Mouth Sores and Infections


A mouth sore can be brought on by bacterial, viral, or fungal infections, loose orthodontic wire, denture that doesn’t fit just right, or a sharp edge from a broken tooth.


<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]--> Burning Mouth

The cause of this is not clearly understood.  A common cause can be nutritional deficiencies, dry mouth, diabetes, oral thrush, any hormone change, medications, or having anxiety or depression.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]--> Candidiasis

Thrush is brought on because of a fungus.  When the immune system is weekend, it can develop.  Medications like steroids or cancer therapies can increase the risk of developing this infection.  Taking antibiotics will also increase the risk of developing an infection.  It can alter the normal balance of bacteria in the mouth.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]--> Canker Sores

Sometimes the exact cause of someone getting a canker sore is unknown.  Trauma or injury to the mouth or the oral soft tissue usually is the culprit.  Other possibilities are food sensitivities (spicy, salty or acidic foods), Vitamin B deficiency, hormonal shifts and stress. Family Cosmetic Dentist Foley AL

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]--> Cold Sores

These are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) and are highly contagious.  When it first begins, it can be accompanied by cold or flue symptoms and can cause painful oral lesions.  There is no cure for this virus.  Reoccurrence can happen when someone has a fever, menstruation, fatigue, stress, or to much sun.   

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]--> Leukoplakia

This comes on from irritations from fillings, crowns, or dentures that do not fit properly.  Other causes are tobacco use, HIV or AIDS, and the Epstein-Barr virus.  Sometimes it is associated with oral cancer, so speaking to your dentist if you notice any patches developing is a must. Family Cosmetic Dentist Foley AL



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