Work in Sales? Keep Your Smile Healthy

I recently began working in sales. Smiling is very important when you work in sales, but I kept it to a minimum because I was not happy with my teeth. I had a tooth near the front of my mouth that was discolored from a bad cavity (my dentist says it became dark because the nerve was dead), and it embarrassed me. I always felt like it affected my income, so I finally saved up and had a crown put on that tooth. I also whitened the rest of my teeth. I now love my smile and I think it shows! I cannot stop smiling! My commissions also show my increased self-confidence, because I am making more money than ever. I created this blog to help other people struggling to make money in sales realize that a bright, healthy smile can help you and your bank account!

Understanding Cold Sores, Canker Sores And Oral Cancer

Dentist Blog

The last thing you want is a painful sore on your mouth or lips. For days after its initial appearance, a canker sore causes pain and all you can think about is the countdown until it's over. But what is a canker sore and how does it vary from other tissue issues? The following are the key differences between canker sores, cold sores and oral cancer.

Canker Sores

Canker sores can show up on your tongue, your lips, your cheeks, or any other soft tissue region in your mouth. On rare occasion they may occur on the roof of your mouth, but this is quite rare. The canker sore will appear as a flat, white sore: one which can be quite painful. 

Cold Sores

Cold sores can also show up in your mouth or on your lips. Cold sores are typically referred to as a fever blister. A cold sore lesion is caused by the herpes virus and can be passed from one individual to another, or from one part of the body to another. Unfortunately cold sores appear thanks to various causes such as stress, hormonal changes, high fever, sunburn, or the drying of your lips. 

Many people who suffer from cold sores can tell when one is coming on because of the tingling feeling that they experience. It is important to act quickly if you feel the tingle. You can speak to your dentist about an antiviral medication which can be applied at the earliest sign of a sore. This can help prevent it from developing. Sometimes you might miss the time-frame because it is a short window and the sore appears anyway. If you lack the medication, apply ice to the area during the early stage, before the sore appears. Cold can reduce the viral replication or prevent it. 

Once a cold sore appears, you should apply topical anesthetic or protectants. It should be placed on the lesion. There are antiviral medications and appointments that you can apply, but they only stop the virus from spreading and keep you comfortable, they do not accelerate the healing process. To prevent the spread of the source, make sure you avoid sharing things such as food or cups. Additionally, avoid kissing. 

Oral Cancer

If there is an odd lesion in your mouth which does not go away or changes shape, make an appointment immediately with your dentist as this may be a sign of oral cancer. Cancerous lesions may not hurt but they will start out small in the darkest corners of your mouth. In many cases the sores are benign but in some rare incidences they can change and become much worse.

For more information talk to your dentist.


12 January 2015