Have you ever had mouth sores? These are painful mouth lesions that can develop on different parts of the mouth, such as the inner cheeks, on the tongue, on the gums, on the inner lips, or on the palate. Mouth sores can develop from a variety of causes, including hormonal changes, trauma to the soft inner mouth tissue, allergies, medical conditions, and stress. These sores normally heal and go away on their own in one to two weeks; if the sores don’t heal for a longer period of time, they need to be checked by a dentist or physician for further evaluation.
If you have mouth sores, you may find it hard to speak or eat because of the pain. Here are some things that can help you deal with the discomfort while waiting for the sores to heal:
- Avoid spicy food items that can trigger more discomfort. The spiciness can aggravate the pain and irritate the sensitive mouth tissue even more.
- Eat soft food items that will not irritate the lining of your mouth. Avoid hard food items that can accidentally poke your mouth sores, causing even more pain and may even result in the sores taking a longer time to heal.
- Gargle with warm saltwater to relieve the discomfort. The salt also has antibacterial properties that can hasten the healing process.
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