Have you ever had a non-tooth-related problem in your mouth and been confused on which doctor to visit? Did you know that dentists treat more than just your teeth? Below are several examples of oral illnesses that your dentist can treat and cure.

Oral sores

The mouth is a sensitive part of your body. It is also very moist and warm, conditions that are great for microbial growth. Several things can cause you to get sores in your mouth. These include hormones, diseases (like colds and cases of flu) and poor hygiene. However, you may also have sores because of fungal, bacterial or viral infections. A common viral disease is herpes. Hand foot and mouth disease is also a viral infection, which can cause rashes or sores in your mouth. Your dentist can easily identify these diseases and offer you medication that will help clear them up.

Geographic tongue disease

Have you ever seen white patterns on your tongue and you ruled it out as nothing? While in most cases it is benign and genetic, it can become a problem, especially when you start getting bumps or feeling pain around the patterns. Also, if you notice that some of your tongue's skin is chipping off, you should immediately seek your dentist's advice. It has been noted that common causes of geographical tongue disease are cigarette smoking and eating a lot of spicy and acidic foods. You can also be reacting to oral products such as toothpastes and mouthwashes. Therefore, let your dentist know exactly when the patterns began forming so that the treatment can be more effective.


Stomatitis can present itself as oral sores. However, it has many other manifestations including constant irritation of the mouth and forming of ulcers and blisters that are bigger than sores. These blisters can bleed or release puss because of constant scratching. Many things can cause stomatitis. Most of the things that go into our bodies pass through the mouth. Therefore, when our bodies are reacting negatively to these products, the reactions can take place in the mouth. Stomatitis usually involves mucous linings present in the mouth; the blisters can occur on the lips, inside the cheeks or at the roof of the mouth. Visiting your dentist as soon as you notice an oddly large sore or when you cannot stop the irritation inside your mouth is advisable. You should not assume stomatitis as normal because it may spread resulting in a more serious oral ailment.