Surgical Removal of Lesions - Dr. Michael Dagostino, D.D.S.
Surgical Removal Of Lesions
Lesions Explained and Treatment
Occasionally, due to excessive exposure to sunlight, people will develop cold
sores on the outside of their mouth. These lesions can be painful and unsightly.
They are caused by the herpes virus and only an anti-viral medication will
prevent or shorten the lesions appearance. Zovirax is available by Rx or
directly from our office. Lesions which occur inside the mouth are usually
canker sores and can be painful also. The new drug debacterol is very effective
and is also available through our office. Some patients can develop cracks in
the corner of their mouth, this is usually caused by a yeast infection and is
treated by topical applications of nystatin, also available through our office.
Should you develop any of these lesions and desire an evaluation or a Rx,
please call our office for an appointment.
Lesions Caused by Mouthwash
Dr. Dagostino and staff have noticed a dramatic increase in patients with
intra-oral lesions and soft tissue irregularities directly related to the
overuse of Listerine particularly and mouthwashes in general. Many people
mistakenly think that Listerine will cure any intra-oral problems they have
(i.e. bad breath, or sores.) Unfortunately, this is erroneous thinking, as most
mouthwashes contain high levels of alcohol which is a desiccant, or actually
dries out tissue. This can worsen your breath or make any sore or lesion heal
Bad breath is more properly treated by having your teeth cleaned regularly
and by using a tongue blade or tongue scrapper. We have dishwasher safe tongue
scrappers available for a small fee.
Intra-oral sores or lesions are better treated with a mild solution of salt
water, mixing 1/8 teaspoon of salt in 8oz of warm water. If a sore or lesion
persists for more than 7 days it should be evaluated by a health care
If you, or someone you love has persistent bad breath or a mouth sore that
won’t heal, please call our office for an evaluation.