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Mouth Sores: How To Treat Them

mouth sores how to treat themHave you ever had mouth sores? Almost all of us have had a sore mouth at some point in our lives. Stomatitis is the general medical term for having an inflamed or sore mouth that can impact a person’s ability to perform simple tasks like eating. Stomatitis can happen anywhere inside of the mouth, but it is usually nothing to be too alarmed about. We want to talk to you about the different types of stomatitis. Keep reading to find out more.

Types Of Mouth Sores

First, let’s talk about canker sores. A canker sore is a small ulcer inside of the mouth typically found on the cheeks, gums, or lips. Canker sores are usually painful and last around one week. It is usually difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of each canker sore, but they have been related to a number of different causes. Poor nutrition, bacteria, stress, lack of sleep, and certain foods can help contribute to the development of canker sores. Sometimes, even simply biting the inside of your cheek can trigger the beginnings of a canker sore. Canker sores are not contagious and luckily you’ll only have to deal with some slight pain for a short period of time.

You may have heard of a cold sore before, but how much do you actually know about them? Many people confuse canker sores and cold sores, but there is a large difference. Cold sores are caused by a virus and are contagious. These are fluid filled blisters that are usually found on or around the lips. Once the blister bursts, it is contagious until it is completely healed. Sadly, once someone is infected with this virus, they will have to deal with it for the rest of their life. The virus may go dormant and you won’t have to deal with it all of the time, but certain factors can increase the likelihood of having an outbreak. Stress, fever, and trauma have all been known causes associated with cold sore outbreaks.

How To Treat Mouth Sores

So how do we treat our mouth sores? Well, there are a number of different ways that help ease mouth sore discomfort. First, to avoid pain we recommend not eating or drinking anything salty or spicy. These have been known to agitate the sores even more, leaving you in greater discomfort. Next, use an over the counter pain reliever like ibuprofen (as recommended) to help deal with the slight pain.

In order to avoid further discomfort and future mouth sores, make sure to drink plenty of water. You should also, make sure to keep up with your dental care in order to cut down on invasive bacteria as much as possible. If you have a more severe sore, there are medical topicals that you can ask your local pharmacist about to relieve pain and quicken the healing process.

Overall, if you can keep yourself healthy and your mouth in top shape you won’t have to worry about mouth sores too much. This is simply something in our life that we might have to deal with and luckily they don’t last long.