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Mouth Sores: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

A mouth sore is a small, shallow sore that can appear on any of the soft tissues, floor and roof of your mouth, on lips and cheeks or at the base of your gums. In some cases, you can develop sores on the oesophagus, the tube leading to your stomach. Mouth sores are generally harmless and last for about two weeks. However, in extreme cases, they can be a sign of mouth cancer. You must consult a doctor if you experience sores that are more than half an inch in diameter, rashes, joint pains, diarrhoea or fever. Mouth sores can occur if you bite your tongue, cheek or lip, chew tobacco, brush your teeth too hard or use a very hard bristled tooth brush. They may also occur if you have braces, retainers or dentures. Minor mouth sores go away naturally but major ones might need to be treated.

How is the treatment done?

Mouth sores generally disappear naturally but they can be very irritating or painful. They can be treated by simple home remedies. First of all, you must avoid hot, spicy, salty, citrus-based and high sugar foods. Such foods can further irritate your sores. Try doing gargles with lukewarm and salty water to seek some relief from pain. Apply a thin paste of baking soda and water over the sores. Avoid squeezing or picking on the sores. Eating cold foods like ice, ice pops and sherbets can help in relieving the irritation. If your condition does not improve with these remedies, consult a doctor. The doctor may prescribe some over the counter medications like acetaminophen and other anti inflammatory drugs or gels. If the doctor suspects it to be mouth cancer, biopsy will be taken to ensure the condition. You may have to go for surgery and chemotherapy to cure that.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

If you are facing irritating and painful sores on the soft tissues, floor or roof of your mouth, on lips and cheeks or at the base of your gums; you must try this treatment to get rid of them.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Some sores disappear in a day or two while some sores may appear due to medical treatment for another ailment.

Are there any side effects?

Make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients of the medications. Other than that, there are no side effects.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Make sure that you consume a healthy and balanced diet while avoiding junk food. Avoid very hot food and drinks. Chew the food slowly. Do not smoke or chew tobacco. Drink plenty of your water to hydrate your body and mouth. Use a soft bristled tooth brush and brush your teeth gently. Protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun while stepping out.

How long does it take to recover?

The time period of recovery depends on the severity of your condition. Most sores go away in about two weeks.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

One session of consultation with a doctor may cost you between ₹200 - ₹600. The cost of acetaminophen may be around ₹100 per 500ml.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Mouth sores may occur again if you go through the same conditions again.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Most mouth sores go naturally in some time. If you do not want to go through medications, you can wait for them to disappear on their own.

Safety: Condition Effectiveness: Medium Timeliness: Medium Relative Risk: Medium Side Effects: Medium Time For Recovery: Medium Price Range:

Rs.100 to Rs.600

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Oral Mouth Ulcers (Canker Sores)

Dentist, Gurgaon

Canker sores, also called aphthous ulcers, are small, shallow lesions that develop on the soft tissues in your mouth or at the base of your gums. Unlike cold sores, canker sores don't occur on the surface of your lips and they aren't contagious. They can be painful, however, and can make eating and talking difficult.

Most canker sores go away on their own in a week or two. Check with your doctor or dentist if you have unusually large or painful canker sores or canker sores that don't seem to heal.


Most canker sores are round or oval with a white or yellow center and a red border. They form inside your mouth — on or under your tongue, inside your cheeks or lips, at the base of your gums, or on your soft palate. You might notice a tingling or burning sensation a day or two before the sores actually appear.

There are several types of canker sores, including minor, major and herpetiform sores.

Minor canker sores are the most common and:

  • Are usually small

  • Are oval shaped with a red edge

  • Heal without scarring in one to two weeks

Major canker sores are less common and:

  • Are larger and deeper than minor canker sores

  • Are usually round with defined borders, but may have irregular edges when very large

  • Can be extremely painful

  • May take up to six weeks to heal and can leave extensive scarring

Herpetiform canker sores

Herpetiform canker sores are uncommon and usually develop later in life, but they're not caused by herpes virus infection. These canker sores:

  • Are pinpoint size

  • Often occur in clusters of 10 to 100 sores, but may merge into one large ulcer

  • Have irregular edges

  • Heal without scarring in one to two weeks

Consult your doctor if you experience:

  • Unusually large canker sores

  • Recurring sores, with new ones developing before old ones heal, or frequent outbreaks

  • Persistent sores, lasting two weeks or more

  • Sores that extend into the lips themselves (vermilion border)

  • Pain that you can't control with self-care measures

  • Extreme difficulty eating or drinking

  • High fever along with canker sores

See your dentist if you have sharp tooth surfaces or dental appliances that seem to trigger the sores.

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Soreness In The Mouth

Dentist, Bangalore
Soreness In The Mouth

To lessen the degree of pain or soreness in the mouth during the orthodontic treatment, you can gargle with 8 ounces of lukewarm water with one teaspoonful of salt dissolved in it. Swish it around your mouth and then spit it out. It will dull the pain and provide relief.

Dental Health

Dentist, Mumbai
Dental Health

Ulcers generally occur in the mouth of healthy individuals due to some trauma by brushes,tooth picks, some sharp object put in the mouth or due to some sharp broken tooth.Generally ulcers heal within a period of 7-14 days without any medication.People getting recurrent ulcers could be suffering from some deficiency which can be corrected after consultation with your doctor.Ulcers not healing for more then a month should be a cause of concern and needs immediate medical advice.If the ulcers are occurring in the region of some sharp or broken tooth then visit your dentist and get it rounded.

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Canker Sores - Ways They Can Be Treated!

MBBS, DHMS-Harvard, Masters in Clinical Dermatology
Dermatologist, Chandigarh
Canker Sores - Ways They Can Be Treated!

Canker sores are also known as aphthous sores and are the most common type of mouth ulcers. They mostly occur on the inside of the lips or cheek and are mostly whitish or yellowish in color. The sores are mostly surrounded by inflamed, reddish soft tissue. Canker sores commonly appear between the age of 10 and 20 years. They mpe ay create a tingling sensation in the mouth that makes eating, talking or swallowing difficult. In some cases, canker sores may cause general malaise and headache.

Reasons behind canker sores

  1. Any kind of viral infection
  2. Unhygienic brushing habits, such as not cleaning the mouth often or well enough.
  3. Hormonal fluctuations, especially during the menstrual cycle
  4. Inadequate rest and sleep
  5. Low immunity
  6. Stress
  7. Food allergy
  8. Deficiency of certain vitamins or minerals
  9. Some kind of mouth injury
  10. Ill-fitted dental appliances such as braces or dentures.
  11. Acidic or spicy food.

Types of canker sores and symptoms
Canker sores are mainly of two types

  1. Simple canker sores: These may occur twice or thrice in a year and can heal without treatment within a span of 3 to 4 weeks.
  2. Complex canker sores: These sores generally appear in the elderly, mostly in those who have a history of frequent sores. These may be accompanied by swelling of lymph nodes, very painful sores, high fever, headache, fatigue and general illness. Inflammation and infection of the ulcers may also occur if not diagnosed and treated on time.

Ways canker sores can be treated

  1. Antimicrobial mouth wash to rinse the mouth
  2. Antibiotic mouthwashes or oral pills
  3. Corticosteroid ointments can be applied on the affected area to reduce the inflammation and promote rapid healing.
  4. Drinking milk, consuming yoghurt or ice cream is known to provide relief.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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How Ayurveda Helps Treat Mouth Ulcers?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), N.D.D.Y, F.A.N
Ayurveda, Gurgaon
How Ayurveda Helps Treat Mouth Ulcers?

It often happens that one or more tender areas inside your mouth make eating, drinking or talking painful. They might deprive you of a spicy meal or of the pleasure of drinking a cup of hot chocolate. Little sores (know more about the mouth sores) that come in the way of your otherwise content life are mouth ulcers. Mouth ulcers are white or yellow open sores with an itchy red ring around them. They can appear on your lips, at the base of gums, on the soft palate, at the sides of your tongue and in the hollows of your cheeks.

They are formed on non keratinized mouth tissues and can create a constant burning sensation. Ayurveda focuses to improve a person's health through a diet regime, the use of herbal compounds and through the implementation of health practices which are mostly unheard of. This traditional branch of medicine can prove to be very effective if tried out under the supervision of a reliable practitioner. It is because of its usefulness, governments of several countries across the world endorse researches in the field of Ayurvedic medicine.

Take care of mouth ulcers in the following ways:

  1. Use a decoction of leaves: It is good to gargle with the liquor of a few kinds of leaves; certain leaves can relieve you of the burning sensation. Leaves of the guava tree or mehendi and aamla leaves can be boiled in combination with alum to extract a thick decoction. Washing your mouth repeatedly with this decoction will help you to treat ulcers.
  2. Remedy constipation: Constipation (know more, how to get relief from constipation) has been steadily associated with mouth ulcers. To remedy this problem one can take Triphala Choorna.
  3. Avoid anything piquant: Compromise on taste and turn away from hot and spicy food. Not having anything hot and peppery results in immediate relief. Tea, coffee, curd, pickles and even tobacco or alcohol should not be consumed during this period.
  4. Try Licorice: Chewing a piece of licorice can help you in getting rid of oral ulcers. Licorice is known to counter any kind of mouth decay. It also benefits the health of your teeth. When this is boiled in water, you can sip on to the resultant sweet drink and almost forget pain.
  5. Try Chebulic myrobalan: Chebulic myrobalan needs to be consumed in its powdered form. You can add honey to soften the powder. Use of this compound will surprise you with is effects.
  6. You may apply Irimedadi taila: Direct application of this oil on the ulcers can be of great use.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Popular Questions & Answers

I am 20 year old. From 7 8 days am suffering from mouth ulcers nd also tongue ulcer nd sir my tongue was full of red .nd I used 2 gel .1 is ORASORE nd 2. Kenacort 0.1%.soo sir wht should I do?

Dentist, Gurgaon
I hope the problem is not viral. Kindly consult physician / ent. For the same .you can try using dologel ct over the ulcer two to three times daily for 15 days.

Please suggest. If there is cut or scratch inside cheeks r gums we should not gargle with salt water as it aggravates the cut r scratch n interfere in healing process so it's better to use alcohol free mouthwashes .aise ek general physician ney bola .Is it right?

BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology, Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health
Psychologist, Palakkad
Perioral dermatitis usually appears as a rash of red bumps around the mouth and in the folds around the nose. The bumps may be scaly in appearance. ... You may experience symptoms such as burning or itching, especially as the rash worsens.Having a rash and sore throat can be irritating and painful. ... Read on to discover more of the causes of rash and sore throat and learn about treatments. ... Usually affects children under age 5; Painful, red blisters in the mouth and on the tongue and gums. Take care

Sir, I am getting ulcer type in my teeth and gums joining point. Which is paining and it's there from last 3 days. Can anyone tell is it symptoms of mouth cancer? Whether there is any medicine to cure it? Please help with your suggestion.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
You have an ulcer in the mouth and it need not be cancer and a biopsy is needed to say which type of an ulcer it is . For a normal ulcer you can apply Dentogel or Zytee cream
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I have shared food with a dog bite person and he is receiving vaccination, my mouth has cavity and small ulcers (multiple), Will I be infected?

Dentist, Patna
No, by sharing food you can not contaminate with rabbies virus And your friend is taking ÀRV vaccine, so he also won't contaminated. So don't take tension.

I am suffering from mouth ulcers It’s very painful What are the precautions to avoid it.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
Take nutritional food. Avoid junk food. Do regular exercise or yoga.. And take Homoeopathic treatment..

Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?