Each year, there are more than 3 million cases of mouth sores. Whether it be from canker sores, cheek discomfort or even a burn or cut, mouth sores are (unfortunately) a very common problem.
When dealing with a mouth sore, patients typically have a host of questions, including: “How did this happen?”, “How do I know if this is really a mouth sore and not something more serious?”, and “What should I do to treat my sore?”
Thankfully, the experts at the offices of Dr. Joshua M. Ignatowicz are here to answer all of your mouth sore concerns and questions.
The Most Common Type of Mouth Sore: Canker Sores
Aphthous ulcers, better known as canker sores, come in various shapes and sizes, but there are differences between mouth sores versus a cut or burn in your mouth.
These sores my appear as ulcers, either red or white looking patches in the mouth. They can occur on the tongue, gums, lips or on the inside of cheeks. Typically emerging during bouts of stress, infection or immune changes, canker sores can be quite painful and may require treatment.
While canker sores are the most common type of sore patients will deal with, there are other types of sores that may arise as a result of bite injuries to the tongue or the inside of the cheek.
Preventing & Treating Mouth Sores
Now that you have a clear identification of what a mouth sore might look like, here are some dental tips to prevent and rid your mouth of these annoying ulcers. First, it’s important to ensure you keep your mouth clean on a consistent basis. Brushing with a good quality toothbrush can keep sores at bay.
A clean diet is also essential at keeping your mouth sanitary and free of dirt and debris. Visiting your dentist regularly can help you minimize mouth sores as well as prevent them in the future.
If you do happen to have a mouth sore that lasts more than 3 weeks, visit your local dentist right away. To prevent long term discomfort, these dental tips will help you determine what to do to get rid of them for good.
You can start by a salt water gargle. Mixing hot water with salt and swishing it around your mouth will kill bacteria along with promoting healing. If that fails to work, creating a baking soda and water paste can come in handy.
Put the mixture on any sore and the baking soda will dry it out, helping your mouth to heal faster. In the meantime, avoid hot, spicy, salty and acidic foods and beverages while your mouth sore heals.