Do you bite and chew your cheeks and lips? If you are a cheek nibbler,…
Mouth sores are found on the lips, inner cheeks and on or around the tongue. These can have a degree of painfulness from mild discomfort to burning pain. Left on their own they can heal relatively quickly and generally require no extra care. However, trouble can arise when you constantly bite or nibble the area and cause ongoing, layer over layer of sores craters in the skin. In these cases, swelling, redness or even blood loss can occur causing a small accidental bite to become a much bigger problem.
Causes of mouth sores
Examples of common mouth sores are accidental biting of your cheek, lip or tongue. The mucosa tissue can be damaged from sharp objects, burning from hot foods or liquids and in some cases misaligned teeth or braces. Acidic beverages and foods have also been linked to mouth sores.
Canker mouth sores
Often mistaken as cold sores, canker sores present as pale white/grey ulcers with a red crater surround. These are not contagious but can be bought on by:
- Depleted immune system
- Hormonal changes
- Acidic foods or liquids
- Bad diet – lacking vitamins/minerals
If you experience ongoing Canker sores you should look into your overall health and wellbeing sooner rather than later. The quicker you get onto a healthier lifestyle the sooner you will be well again.
These appear as small ulcers around the mouth, they often contain fluid and are caused by the herpes simplex virus and are very contagious. This virus can lay dormant after the infection and can appear as cold sores which are be triggered by:
- Fever or virus
- Depleted immune system
- Overexposure to the sun
- Hormonal changes
Symptoms include itching and a tingling feeling around the sore and lips, small blister breakout with oozing fluid from the blister. They will crust over and heal in time.
We have all had that unfortunate moment when we chomp down on a piece of food and we get the cheek skin stuck in there too. This can cause a painful and bad experience. The good news for you is that this bite will heal fully in about a week, so just be more careful next time!
Habitual biting (BFRB)
Body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB) mouth biting is a hard habit to kick. Many biters tell of stories how they have done it their entire lives and never found the right time to or the right tools, methods and techniques to stop. This is super common and if you are in this category you are not alone with over 6.5 million Americans who struggle with this habit.
Many people who bite are on autopilot and aren’t even aware they are nibbling away at their mouths. lips and tongues until it’s too late, nibble, bite, crater and a week delay till it heals.
The important thing to note here is that there is help out there to quit mouth biting and it’s a pretty easy, fun process.
Dentures and braces rubbing
Old or new dentures can rub against your gums, tongue and mouth lining causing sores which can be painful and ongoing. This needs to be treated by your dentist and can be prevented – talk to you dental expert.
Similar to dentures, braces can rub on your gums and cause ongoing pain if it is not dealt with. Dental wax can be very useful here as a barrier to smooth over the brace device. Talk to your professional to speed up the healing process
Treatments of mouth sores
Most mouth sores heal without treatment in 10-14 days – there are several home remedies for mouth sores, including:
- Keep your mouth rehydrated with water
- Saltwater gargle is often helpful
- Make a mixture paste of baking soda and water and apply topically to the ulcer
- Try to avoid triggers like spicy, salty or acidic foods and liquids
Whatever it is that affects your mouth, you should not have to put up with a lumpy, sore inner mouth lining. There is help just on hand and it’s easy to find the fix to a sore mouth. Let’s put some fun back into your eating and put an end to burning and painful meal times.
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