What Is a Stomatitis?

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Oral pathology in Aventura, FL, also covers stomatitis. It refers to a sore and swollen mouth and your ability to eat, sleep, and communication may be affected by this disorder. Anywhere in your mouth, including your tongue, lips, palate, and the inside of your cheek, can develop stomatitis. Here’s what you need to know about this dental condition.

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Stomatitis 101  


  • Mouth Irritation  

Biting your tongue, cheek, or lip, using braces, chewing tobacco, and consuming hot beverages or foods may lead to mouth irritation if you don’t maintain good oral hygiene. Moreover, this stomatitis is also caused by gum disease or an autoimmune condition, taking certain medications, or getting radiation treatment.  

  • Cold Sores  

The cold sores, fluid-filled lesions that develop around the mouth, are sometimes referred to as fever blisters. They can develop on your gum tissue or mouth's roof, but it’s only rare.  

  • Canker Sore  

A canker sore, also referred to as an aphthous ulcer, is a solitary, yellow or pale lesion with a red outer ring. Usually, it develops on the inside of your lips, cheeks, or tongue.  

Signs and Symptoms

A dentist or doctor can efficiently diagnose stomatitis. But you can tell if you have one because it hurts and makes you feel uncomfortable in your mouth. It is a condition that typically lasts between five and ten days. Fever is not a sign of canker sores, but cold sores can cause flu-like symptoms.  

Treatment and Prevention

Mouth ulcers typically heal quickly. You will be free of them in two weeks, even without treatment. Your dentist or doctor will be able to provide you with a remedy if the cause of the issue is found. If the cause cannot be identified, your treatment will focus on controlling your symptoms.   You can ease the pain from canker sores by:  

  • Peridex mouthwash  
  • Aphthasol  
  • Lidex gel  
  • Use topical corticosteroids, such as dental paste containing triamcinolone. This will shield the lips and gums sores.  
  • Apply one of the topical anesthetics, lidocaine or xylocaine.  
  • Rinse with salt water to eliminate extra bacteria and avoid becoming sick.  
  • Maintain good dental hygiene.  
  • Increase water intake.

Here are some methods to reduce the swelling and discomfort brought on by mouth sores.  

  • If your mouth feels burning, rinse it with cool water and eat an ice pop.  
  • You can make use of painkillers like Tylenol or Ibuprofen.  
  • Avoid hot foods and drinks, as well as foods that are spicy, salty, or made with citrus.
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