How to Treat Mouth Sores

  posted by: Dennis


treat mouth soresCanker sores or mouth ulcers are usually found on the soft part of the mouth especially inside the cheek and the tongue area. They differ in size and appearance.  Oftentimes, these are mistaken as cold sores (lip sores) which appear on the external part of the mouth. If you have had mouth sores before, then most probably you’ll swear that this is extremely painful. Luckily, there are a few suggestions you can follow on how to treat mouth sores.  But before that though, let’s see what the causes are for its occurrence.

Causes of Mouth Ulcers

A common mistaken belief is that once you have these sores in the mouth, it generally means that you have mouth herpes. Herpes simplex virus can also be among the causes, but it is not just the sole reason. Some of the associated reasons are the following:

  • Genetic factors
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Emotional stress
  • Oral thrush in children
  • Cancer-related treatment (e.g from chemo)
  • Leukoplakia or other signs of oral cancer
  • Menstrual cycle disorders in females
  • Trauma due to dentures and braces
  • Vitamin Deficiency
  • Cigarette smoking and alcohol drinking
  • Tartar in the surface of the teeth
  • Spicy food

How to Cure Mouth Sores

  • Avoid the factors that can aggravate the situation such as spicy foods to alleviate pain. Emotional stress should also be handled properly to control its occurrence.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene. Opt for a toothbrush which is soft-bristled. Use toothpaste which doesn’t contain sodium lauryl sulfate as it can irritate the sores more.
  • Mix a teaspoon of salt into a warm glass of water and gargle it as part of the home remedies on how to treat mouth sores. Baking soda also helps in removing alkalinity and bacteria formed in the mouth.
  • Crushed ice as well as other over the counter medications may be sought to numb the pain.
  • Since they may be a result of vitamin deficiency, one should ingest multivitamins with Vitamin B12, zinc, and folic acid.
  • Vitamins may also be gotten from certain foods such as green leafy vegetables and grains. Yogurt may also be taken as it contains live and healthy bacteria to fight off canker sores.
  • Drink plenty of water and fruit juices to speed up healing.

Oftentimes, exact cause of your mouth sores should be identified to prompt medical treatment accordingly. In this case, a visit to your doctor is considered highly beneficial. Good luck!




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Date: April 16, 2011 | Category: General Health
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