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What Is the Labial Tooth Surface?


Posted on 5/1/2024 by Lemond Hunter
Close up of a beautiful smileLabial teeth surfaces are the sides of teeth that are closest to the lips. Labial surfaces of teeth are easier to clean than surfaces located toward the rear of your mouth. However, labial tooth surfaces can have their own issues for your dental health. Here is some information about the labial surfaces of your teeth.

Labial Teeth


Your labial tooth surfaces are front-facing, which means they are easy to spot. They are some of the first surfaces you see. They are easy to clean as well because you can spot places where you have not brushed or flossed properly. However, the labial surface of your teeth may have some issues around them that make it difficult to brush or floss well.

Canker sores usually appear close to the lip, facing the labial surface of your teeth. These sores, which are also called mouth ulcers, are usually bright red with a yellow or white center. They can become quite large, but they are usually flat. Because canker sores may lie so close to your teeth, they can be quite painful.

Also, the labial surfaces of your teeth can be affected by cold sores or fever blisters, which are the same thing. A virus, herpes simplex, causes cold sores. Usually, cold sores begin as a series of tiny blisters that burst and then scab over. While canker sores are not contagious, cold sores are. You have to be careful while eating and drinking so that your teeth do not scrape the cold sore and cause you additional pain. For both canker sores and cold sores, there are medications available to treat them and ease the pain.

Keeping Your Labial Surfaces in Good Shape


Like the rest of your tooth surfaces, you can help keep your labial surfaces healthy by brushing and flossing regularly. You need to brush your teeth and floss them twice a day. However, to keep gum disease, which can be found near the labial surface of your teeth, away from your gums, you may want to brush and floss regularly after you eat.

If you have questions about your tooth surfaces, we can help. Contact our office today for a new appointment.

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