Dental Care

Painful Mouth Sores and Solutions

How to cope with painful mouth sores? Although there are many reasons that someone might develop such a condition, for the purpose of this discussion we are going to look at the sores caused by bacteria, injury from dentures and braces or illness

When we say a mouth sore, we are usually going to be describing the sort of open wound that makes it difficult to speak, swallow or even care for the teeth.

They appear when some sort of imbalance within the mouth occurs. This imbalance is caused by the issues listed above.

The Bacteria Connection

Let’s first look at the ways in which bacteria lead to sores. We all know that viruses and bacteria are found in millions of different forms and that some of them really prosper under damp and warm conditions.

The inside of the human mouth is an ideal breeding ground for many of these materials.

Consider that “cold” sores will appear due to actual viral infections, but also from things like Herpes Simplex infections, chicken pox infections and more.

Additionally, any sort of bacterial infection might have an impact on the teeth, gums, and the lining of the mouth also. This is the reason that people develop gum disease, and is also the main reason why at least one professional cleaning per year is so highly recommended.

How do these bacteria lead to small pustules and open sores? They are able to experience an overgrowth in the hospitable environment of the mouth.

There they cause inflammation, irritation, and infection which can all cause the skin to split or react, and this triggers the white blood cells to get to work.

Sores From Injuries

The same can be said when dentures, braces or injury occurs inside of the mouth too.

For example, a child with new braces may find that the lining of their cheek is highly irritated by the metal wires.

This might lead to some sort of ulcer or blister to form, and this leads to the appearance of a painful mouth sore.

Sores from Illness

Lastly, there are all kinds of diseases and illnesses that can manifest themselves in the form of mouth sores too.

Consider that people with celiac sprue (which are people who cannot tolerate wheat gluten) will often develop painful blisters inside of their mouths as well.

This is known to be directly connected to the autoimmune behavior of their disease, but there is no method for preventing the body from behaving in this way.

Sores and Diet

Often, people prone to any type of mouth sores can exacerbate their conditions by ingesting foods and beverages that have a high acid content too.

This is a great illustration of the mouth’s chemistry and how even brief changes to it can lead to painful mouth sores.

For instance, someone might eat a large number of spicy peppers and find that, a few hours later, they have a brand new sore on the roof of their mouth.

It is most likely that the acids in the food caused some sort of interaction between the chemicals in the food and those in their mouth, and this led to the development of the blister or the sore.

Cancer Sores

We should also mention the most common of all painful mouth sores – the canker sore.

To date, no one knows their precise cause, but it is known that women are more prone to them. Canker sores are also common in people with highly stressful lifestyles, poor nutrition, and undetected food allergies.

They are also known to run in families too. They can be very small or even up to the size of a dime, and they can last from one or two days to well over a full week.

Treatment of Painful Mouth Sores

So, what is the best way to treat a batch of painful mouth sores? It is always a good idea to speak with a physician or dental expert about them, particularly if you have never experienced them before. For the most part, the doctor will treat the cause and not just the sores, but they do tend to prescribe a somewhat standardized protocol.

For instance, it is fairly common for some sort of rinsing agent to be recommended. This might be an antimicrobial rinse, a salt water gargle, a medicated rinse or some sort, or a rinse meant to work as a numbing agent.

Many physicians will also understand that it can take up to ten days for a truly difficult batch of sores to heal completely.

During that time it can be difficult for a patient to eat or drink, and this is the reason that some sores will have their patients use a thick preparation that coats the entire sore and protects it from foods and beverages.  Often these topical agents are loaded with healing components too.

If the sores are thought to be based on some sort of systemic infection, a patient may need a course of oral antibiotics to eliminate the underlying problem as well.

If swelling is an issue, there may even be the need for some sort of corticosteroid to allow the patient to feel more comfortable.

What all of this also indicates is that someone with a good plan for oral hygiene may greatly reduce their risks for all kinds of sores.

Consider that daily flossing, brushing, and rinsing with a prescription antimicrobial mouth rinse can reduce or even eliminate someone’s chances for developing gum disease. This is a condition that occurs entirely due to an accumulation of bacteria.

If this simple treatment can eliminate most of the threats of a specific range of bacteria, it is also likely that it will help to lower the frequency of painful mouth sores too.

If you have been experiencing frequent outbreaks of sores inside of the mouth, it is important to visit your doctor or dentist right away.

The bacterial levels in your mouth may be out of control, and it is usually only through professional assessment that the actual cause of the problem can be addressed.


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