Posted on 9/10/2018 by Implant & Periodontal Associates NW
Most mouth sores can occur on the tongue, lips, inside of the cheeks, and gums. At first a sore can appear as an ulcer or a red or white patch in the mouth, with or without bleeding.
No matter what, a sore in your gums can be extremely painful and it can prevent you from enjoying your favorite foods and brushing properly after meals.
What Causes Mouth Sores?
Sores on your gums or any other part of the mouth can be caused by several things including, an injury – for example from a hard bristle in a toothbrush, some acidic and spicy foods, autoimmune disorders, vitamin deficiencies and even stress.
How to Treat Sores in Your Mouth?
The good news is that you can do several things to help get rid of sores on your gums and in most cases, they go away on their own. While they are there though, you can rinse with warm salt water, made by mixing one teaspoon of salt with hot water and letting it cool down, as needed.
You can also use mouthwashes or topical medications that contain numbing ingredients and allow you to brush or eat, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications.
When to Get Professional Help
If the sore hasn't gone away for a few weeks, it is accompanied by fever or there is difficulty in swallowing, it may be time to come in and get checked out to rule out more serious problems. Sores in your mouth can also be a sign of other conditions and we will make sure everything gets checked out.
The bad news is that any kind of sore in your mouth can be very painful and prevent you from brushing your teeth properly. If the toothpaste you use is too strong and stings when it comes in contact with the sore, skip it and just brush, rinse and floss.
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