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3 common mouth problems and how to cope with them

October 1, 2022

Canker sores, dry mouth, and thrush can cause great discomfort.

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Dental problems aren’t the only source of a mouth full of pain. Sometimes, problems unrelated to the teeth make it difficult to eat, talk, smile, concentrate, or rest without discomfort. These conditions may have simple fixes you can try at home. If discomfort lasts or gets worse, you’ll need to call your primary care doctor or an ear, nose, and throat specialist. Here are three common mouth problems and what you can do about them.

Canker sores

Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are just a few millimeters wide, but they often cause severe pain. They develop in the lining of the mouth or gums, and they have a daunting appearance: round, white or yellow, and ringed with red. Canker sores may look like cancers of the mouth, but they are different.

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