Mouth sores: what to do and when to consult?

Oral sores are troublesome, but mostly benign and they heal without treatment within a few days. Discomfort and pain can be alleviated by taking a few precautions, or with the application of a local anesthetic. However, in some situations, a medical consultation is necessary.

A few steps to reduce the gene due to sores
Here are some tips for trying to limit the pain of the aphta:

Avoid eating foods that promote the occurrence of sores (such as nuts, gruyeres, etc.);
Prefer cold food (fresh milk products, ice cream, etc.) that reduces pain;
Avoid hot, hard foods that can make it worse.
Use a very flexible toothbrush.
Maintain good oral hygiene, even if brushing your teeth increases pain
Use toothpaste that does not contain lauryl sulphate, an irritant to the mucous membranes;
Make an appointment with your dentist if dental care is needed:
treatment of a decayed tooth,
care for a fractured tooth,
setting a dental orthodontic device,
adapting a denture…
Reduce pain due to mouth sores
Until the sores heal spontaneously, hygiene and feeding measures do not always provide sufficient relief.

If the pain is severe, take an analgitic such as paracetamol.

If you are embarrassed to eat, you can apply a local anesthetic to painful lesions before meals. This briefly insensitizes the oral mucosa.

Nevertheless, it should be used with caution. If applied extensively, it can cause swallowing discomfort, false roads (food inhalation) and severe bites of the tongue and cheeks.

It should never be used in children or the elderly. Some diseases also counter-indicate its use. Your pharmacist can advise you on the choice of a product and alert you to its risks.

Preventing recurrence of sores
To prevent recurrences, here are some recommendations:

Reduce your stressors: practice a physical activity or sport that will help you relax
Avoid foods that may be the source of your sores: spicy, salty (salted nuts, gruyere…) or acidic foods (lemons, tomatoes…) or hard foods…;
Have good dental hygiene: brush your teeth at least twice a day
check with your dental surgeon regularly to check the condition of your teeth and the adaptation of your prosthesis, if you have one.

Severe mouth sores can be caused by disease.

You should consult your GP if:

You have a fever
You are particularly tired
You have extensive lesions in your mouth (more than 10)
You have unusual symptoms (diarrhea, joint pain, headache)
your sores take more than 2 weeks to heal;
You have an aphta more than 1 cm in diameter.
you have sores that do not heal;
you have sores on another organ, especially in the genitals, or recent skin lesions;
you’re having a hard time eating.
Also, remember to tell your doctor if your outbreaks of aphthade more than 4 times a year.

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