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Posts for tag: mouth

By Dr. Ellison
September 10, 2018
Category: Health
Tags: Dentist   pain   mouth   canker sore   aphthous ulcer  

Recently my granddaughter experienced a canker sore, not an uncommon occurrence for her, but this one was on her throat. The pain was excruciating, more so because of the location. It hurt to swallow, to speak, and pretty much hurt constantly. It even kept her awake at night. Canker sores, also referred to as an aphthous ulcer, are small, shallow sores inside the mouth, under the tongue, cheeks, or along the gums.These lesions are usually no larger than a centimeter, are usually self-diagnosed and self-treatable and often clear up within a week or two, but the common point is they can be quite painful and irritating. I have seen patients from children to adolescents to adults who get them, but they seem to be more common in adolescents and young adults. The treatments, when necessary, range from over the counter natural remedies to mouth rinses, pastes ointments or sometimes a prescription medication.

Canker sores have varying causes, but can sometimes be prevented. Some people are more susceptible, so avoiding spicy or acidic foods, mouth injuries (like brushing too vigorously), and minimizing stress could help. Canker sores are not directly caused by a virus or bacteria, but are an autoimmune response, meaning the body attacks itself.  In some cases, they could be caused by a vitamin or mineral deficiency, a hormonal imbalance, or a food allergy. Some medications can actually make certain individuals more prone, as in the case of some cancer treatments. Canker sores can even be hereditary. Determining the cause is not always easy, although doing so will help prevent them in the future. This is of little comfort to people when they already have one or are unable to directly attribute the cause to any of the aforementioned.  

If and when I get the rare canker sore, I use a prescription oral paste to relieve discomfort. There are many different treatments and remedies I have heard of and some I have suggested. Rinsing with warm water and baking soda or salt, rinsing with an over the counter antiseptic  oral rinse like Biotene, drinking chamomile tea with honey for the inflammation (not too hot), using an over the counter oral gel, ointment or paste. Clove oil has been shown to have fantastic ability to numb pain. My daughter uses clove oil and other essential oils for her canker sores with excellent results. As for my granddaughter and her canker sore on her throat, she found Chloraseptic sore throat spray brought the most relief. If you happen to get a canker sore you can try one of these suggestions or your own remedies. If you have recurring canker sores or some that last longer than fourteen days it could require more than an over the counter pain reliever and further investigation.

 

By Dr. Ellison
September 27, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: saliva   salivary glands   mouth  
  1. Saliva is made up of mostly water and also contains substances to help your body digest food.

  2. It keeps your mouth moist.

  3. Saliva allows you to taste, chew and swallow.

  4. It fights germs and prevents bad breath.

  5. Saliva contains some proteins and minerals that protect your tooth enamel and prevent gum disease and tooth decay.

  6. Your salivary glands are located inside each cheek, near the front teeth.

  7. The body produces about two to four  pints of saliva each day on average.

  8. Some people have medical conditions in which they produce too much (hypersalivation) or not enough (xerostomia) saliva. For a slightly dry mouth, be sure to drink plenty of water and try chewing sugar-free gum.


 

If you experience excessive amounts of saliva or a very dry mouth, please ask Dr. Ellison about some possible solutions.