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How are common forms of stomatitis treated?

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Mouth sores generally don't last longer than two weeks, even without treatment. If a cause can be identified, your doctor may be able to treat it. If a cause cannot be identified, the focus of treatment shifts to symptom relief.

The following strategies might help to ease the pain and inflammation of mouth sores:

  • Avoid hot beverages and foods as well as salty, spicy, and citrus-based foods.
  • Use pain relievers like Tylenol or ibuprofen.
  • Gargle with cool water or suck on ice pops if you have a mouth burn.

SOURCES:

Scully, C. Journal of the American Dental Association.

Journal of the American Dental Association , March 2005.

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Mouth Sores: Insight into causes, treatment, and prevention."

Sol Silverman, DDS, professor of oral medicine, University of California, San Francisco.

Medline Plus.

University of Virginia Health System: "Dental and Oral Health."

University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center: "Gynecologic Cancer Glossary."

Goroll, A. and Mulley, A. , 4th edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2000. Primary Care Medicine: Office Evaluation and Management of the Adult Patient

American Dental Association: "Canker Sores, Cold Sores & Common Mouth Sores."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 11, 2019

SOURCES:

Scully, C. Journal of the American Dental Association.

Journal of the American Dental Association , March 2005.

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Mouth Sores: Insight into causes, treatment, and prevention."

Sol Silverman, DDS, professor of oral medicine, University of California, San Francisco.

Medline Plus.

University of Virginia Health System: "Dental and Oral Health."

University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center: "Gynecologic Cancer Glossary."

Goroll, A. and Mulley, A. , 4th edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2000. Primary Care Medicine: Office Evaluation and Management of the Adult Patient

American Dental Association: "Canker Sores, Cold Sores & Common Mouth Sores."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 11, 2019

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