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.
Rs.100 to Rs.600