The Facts About Mouth Sores
Mouth sores are caused by bacteria called Candida albicans. They cause inflammation and pain in your mouth. You may have had them before or not, but they usually start appearing after age 30. There are many causes of these sores, such as smoking cigarettes, eating spicy foods, drinking alcohol and using drugs like cocaine, heroin and marijuana.
These substances irritate the lining of your mouth causing the infection to spread through your body. Other reasons include poor dental hygiene, allergies, colds and flu, and even stress. Mouth sores can be treated with antibiotics.
What Are The Symptoms Of A Mouth Sore?
A mouth sore is usually painful when touched or rubbed. It will feel tender on the inside of your cheek or jaw area (the side closest to your teeth). You may experience a burning sensation around the affected area. Your lips may turn blue or purple from the irritation of these sores. If left untreated, mouth sores can lead to bleeding gums and ulcers in your mouth.
How Do I Know If My Mouth Is Infected With Bacteria?
If you notice any redness, swelling or other symptoms of infection in your mouth, then you probably have a bacterial infection. You should see a doctor immediately if you think you have an infected bite wound or sore. If left untreated, mouth sores can cause serious complications. An infected sore should always be taken seriously. If a doctor does not show signs of improvement after taking antibiotics, you may need to see a dentist immediately!
How Do I Prevent And Treat A Canker Sore?
Mouth sores are common so you should always know how to prevent them. Antibiotic treatments will stop the spread of the infection in your body and mouth, but it’s important to maintain good habits such as brushing and flossing your teeth. If you have mouth sores with blood, pus or an odd color then you should contact your doctor right away.
You can also treat mouth sores at home. Keep the area as clean as possible by rinsing it gently with warm water and patting it dry with a clean cloth. You can also try over-the-counter pain medication and taking an anti-inflammatory drug. If your mouth sore has gums, apply a small amount of benzocaine or lidocaine ointment to numb the area.
What Are The Dangers Of A Canker Sore?
You should always seek medical help if you experience any of the following symptoms:
If the symptoms occur when you are very young.
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