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What Causes Mouth Sores and Infections?

What Causes Mouth Sores and Infections?

May 5th, 2021

Just like any part of the body, the mouth can develop sores and infections. While some of these conditions are more serious than others, understanding their common causes and visiting Avalon Dental Care for your routine preventive care will allow you to enjoy a healthy smile for years to come!

How Do Mouth Sores Develop?

Mouth sores can be caused by biting your tongue, cheeks, or lips, burning your mouth, chewing tobacco, or brushing too hard. They can also result from having the herpes simplex virus or exposure to sharp objects such as braces, retainers, or dentures. Certain medical conditions, medications, or infections can also cause mouth sores.

When it comes to canker sores, the exact causes remain unknown. However, these sores aren’t contagious and may develop due to a weakened immune system, illness, stress, hormonal changes, vitamin deficiency, or medical conditions, such as Crohn’s disease or irritable bowel syndrome.

Mouth sores usually resolve within 10 or 14 days without intervention. However, they may last up to six weeks in some cases. To reduce pain and speed up healing, it’s best to avoid spicy, hot, acidic, or sugary foods and refrain from the use of tobacco products or alcohol. Consuming cold foods, gargling with salt water, and taking pain medication will help alleviate your discomfort. If your sores persist, talk to your trusted team at Avalon Dental Care about your treatment options.

How Do Oral Infections Develop

Oral infections, such as dental decay and periodontal (gum) disease, often result from poor oral hygiene practices. If plaque is not removed by routine brushing and flossing, cavity-causing bacteria attack the tooth enamel, causing tooth decay and cavities. Moreover, as plaque hardens to tartar, it irritates the gums and triggers the body’s immune response. That results in inflammation and infection, a condition known as periodontal (gum) disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

Preventing Mouth Sores and Infections

While there’s no way to prevent all sores and infections, you can help minimize the risk. The best way to maintain your healthy smile is to avoid scorching foods and drinks, use a soft-bristled toothbrush, drink plenty of water, and consume a balanced, nutritious diet. Also, refrain from smoking or using tobacco products and limit alcohol consumption,

If you have braces or dentures that irritate your mouth, make sure to contact us right away. Most importantly, don’t forget to schedule your twice-a-year dental exams and cleanings to allow us to monitor your oral health and ensure your smile stays free of sores or infection.

Quality Preventive Care in the El Segundo and Lomita Areas

Contact Avalon Dental Care to learn more about the prevention and treatment of mouth sores and infections. Keeping up with your twice-a-year dental exams and cleanings will allow for the diagnosis and prompt treatment of any dental problems as they develop. Call us and schedule your appointment today!

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