Sores or irritations can develop in and around the mouth. Fortunately, they usually heal on their own within a week or two. Mouth sores come in several different varieties and can have any number of causes, such as:
Infections from bacteria, viruses or fungus
Irritation from a loose orthodontic wire, an ill-fitting denture, or a sharp edge from a broken tooth or filling.
The symptom of a disease or disorder.
If your mouth sores lasts for more than two weeks, you should have your dentist examine it. Your dentist can prescribe medication to help you treat it. In the mean time you should:
gargle with salt water
avoid hot, spicy, salty, citrus-based, and high-sugar foods
avoid tobacco and alcohol
avoid squeezing or picking at the sores
take a pain medication, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Brian Y. Kuo DDS FAGD
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