A: Canker sores, known in the “biz” as apthous ulcers, are like a bad houseguest who overstays his welcome. (Living in Florida seems to attract more of them. Funny. When I lived in New Jersey for a year, nobody visited me.)
These suckers are caused by an unknown virus that takes over after a small micro-trauma to the tissues. Unlike cold sores, which are on the dry parts of the lip, canker sores are white craters surrounded by a red border found inside the “wet” portions of the mouth. They sting from spicy and acidic foods.
Solutions: A fantastic drug called Debacterol, applied by a dentist or physician will axe the bugger in 5 seconds. This is not available over the counter and cannot be applied by the patient. Another treatment is the diode laser, which we also use to remove ugly purple lip bumps called hemangiomas. For free consumer info on these treatments, email us.
Editor’s Note: Dr. Josephs will be emceeing a night of comedy at the Improv comedy club at City Place, West Palm Beach on Wednesday May 15th 8:00 PM sharp. Call 561-833-1812 to reserve your seats today!
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Implant Cosmetic and General Dentistry and hosts “Tooth Talk” on WBZT AM123.0 Dr. Josephs is on staff at West Palm Hospital (Formerly Columbia Hospital) and is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry and completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.