Mouth sores are basically ulcers and sores that appear on the soft tissues of the mouth or lips. These sores can also occur on the inner cheeks, tongue, gums, floor and roof of the mouth. The sores appear as reddish blisters and may cause pain, especially when eating, drinking or opening mouth.
HOW IS MOUTH SORES DIAGNOSED?
The provider will examine you, and closely check your mouth and tongue. You will be asked questions about your medical history and symptoms. If your doctor suspects you have cancer, he or she may perform a biopsy and run some tests.
HOW IS MOUTH SORES TREATED?
Most mouth ulcers don’t need treatment. However, if they are extremely painful, a number of treatments can decrease pain and healing time. These include:
• using a rinse of saltwater and baking soda
• placing milk of magnesia on the mouth ulcer covering mouth ulcers with baking soda paste
• using over-the-counter benzocaine (topical anesthetic) products like Orajel or Anbesol
• applying ice to canker sores
• using mouth rinse that contains a steroid to reduce pain and swelling
• using topical pastes
• placing damp tea bags on your mouth ulcer
• taking nutritional supplements like folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and zinc
• trying natural remedies such as chamomile tea, echinacea, myrrh, and licorice
DID YOU KNOW?
Mouth sores are usually a minor irritation and not a complication as such. However, these sores can sometimes indicate a mouth cancer or an infection such as herpes simplex and hence, proper diagnosis is essential.