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It's been a week since I got a big sore on my mouth which makes it so hard for me to eat, drink something or even talk. Someone told me to put on ammonium alum on it and in just a few days it will be gone. But I didn't mind that advice because it is extremely painful that I nearly cry every time I try to eat or drink, how much more if I put ammonium alum on it?
Aphthous ulcer, also called canker sore is a small lesions that develops on the soft tissues of our mouth and sometimes, at the base of our gums.
Before the sores forms inside our mouth and at the base of our gums, we would feel a burning sensation and once it happens, expect for a small rounded wound with a center that is yellow or white to appear in the next days. It will make the following days very uncomfortable for you.
Minor canker sore. This usually heals after one or two weeks and just like what the name says, it is only minor which is usually less than one centimeter small and with a red edge, and round or oval shape.
Major canker sore. The sore or wound is bigger and deeper than the minor canker sore. It can be extremely painful and it usually takes three to six weeks to heal. This is the canker sore that I usually get, and usually appears every after 4 months.
Herpetiform canker sores. These sores are very uncommon. Usually a cluster of ten to one hundred sores or wound will appear but sometimes, it merges into one large sore. Sometimes, you may even get a fever along with this because it can be extremely painful.
Filipinos call it 'singaw' and oldies usually recommend the following home remedy for canker sore:
Ammonium alum(tawas) - put a bit of ammonium alum on a cotton and dab it on the sore.
A mixture of warm water and salt as a mouthwash (usually 2 teaspoons of salt is added to a glass of warm water) — gargle a lukewarm water with salt three times a day.
Young guava leaves — Chewing some young guava leaves. Guava leaves is believed to have some healing properties so guava leaves is boiled on water and the warm water is used to wash sores and wounds. It is also believed that the guava leaves juice helps heal canker sore.
Baking soda — Make a baking soda mouth wash by adding a spoon of baking soda to a glass of warm water.
There is no exact cure for canker sore as it may be recurring and may appear from time to time. But we can get it less often if we avoid some foods that could irritate our mouth such as citric fruits and spicy foods, and brushing the teeth after every meal could also help to remove traces of foods inside our mouth that may trigger a sore. I realizes that I got it more often because the foods that needs to be avoided are my favorites and a week doesn't pass that I don't eat those. But if you don't want to be like me, just avoid them lol.
Canker sore is just one of the few oral diseases or infections. Some of these infections are simple and can be gone after a few days, but some are serious and needs serious medication. Other oral infections or diseases includes:
This is the initial stage of a gum disease and is characterized by swelling, inflammation and bleeding of the gums. This can occur during flossing or brushing of the teeth. You'll see your gums bleed for no apparent reason.
This is the common cause of tooth loss among adults. When gingivitis becomes serious, it can lead to periodontal disease. The early symptoms of this gum disease are: loosing of teeth, bad breath, receding and bleeding gums.
Herpangina is an infection within the mouth assocoated with hand, foot, and mouth disease. Typical first symptoms include fever, sore throat, and difficulty swallowing. Those symptoms are followed by tiny blisters at the rear of the mouth. Those blisters can form large ulcers once they burst.
Oral herpes can cause outbreaks of fluid-filled blisters within the mouth or on the lips that last for a week up to 10 days.
The factors that may contribute to gum diseases includes viral infections, stress, excessive alcohol consumption, use of tobacco or smoking, hormonal changes due to pregnancy and the most common is poor oral hygiene. So as a conclusion, regular and proper oral care is the best way to reduce the risk of having a gum disease.