Practical Pointers for Mouth Sores
Sores or irritations in the mouth, gums, tongue or lips could cause pain and discomfort specially when eating and talking. Though some sores may resolve on their own, some cases need careful attention as they could indicate viral, fungal or bacterial infections, trauma, dehydration, allergy or nutritional deficiencies.
Here are some pointers on how to deal with mouth sores:
1. Boost your immune system by having adequate rest, sleep, exercise and balanced diet.
2. Take supplements containing B Vitamins, Zinc and Iron, as deficiency of any of these nutrients could cause sores in your mouth.
3. Practice oral hygiene. Use soft bristled toothbrush to gently clean your teeth. You may also use gentle oral gargles and mouth rinse.
4. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.
5. Avoid spicy food, and acidic fruits and juices that may irritate the tissues of the mouth and aggravate the pain.
6. Use mouth sprays containing propolis. Propolis is a naturally-sourced substance which helps soothe the inflamed area and reduce pain and inflammation.
7. Avoid cigarette smoking and heavy alcohol drinking
For persisting or worsening symptoms, it is always best to consult your doctor as some sores could indicate an underlying health condition that would warrant medical treatment.