- Oral Health
How to get rid of tongue sores
Tongue sores are common occurrences in the general population although it is not considered a major illness. Also known as a canker sore or aphthous ulcer, tongue sores can appear anywhere within the oral cavity as it does on the surface of the tongue. Once it manifest, these sores can be very painful and sometimes could even lead to poor oral intake, inability to speak or even difficulty to swallow among the affected individuals. While the underlying cause for its occurrence is not very clear, experts believe that an ‘immuno-chemical reaction’ could be the initiating factor in most instances of tongue sores.
How does a tongue sore progress?
Following the manifestation of a canker sore, the usual course of events would be for it to exert pain during eating, drinking, swallowing or even when talking. The pain is usually more when the person eats or drinks high acidic content or else foods that are hot or spicy. In general, the sores usually last only for few days although in special circumstances, it may even last for several weeks or could give rise to a continuous eruption of tongue sores for a longer period. However, by adhering to few simple practices, it may be possible to avoid the pain derived from a tongue sore as well as fast track the healing process by even few days.
What are the precautionary measures to relieve the discomforts associated with tongue sores?
One of the important measures that need to be undertaken when there is a canker sore is to avoid any aggravating factors such as acidic foods, hot drinks, spicy foods…etc. Such dietary habits may not only cause undue discomfort but could also delay the healing process as well as trigger more and more sores to appear within the mouth.
Keep the mouth clean
Keeping the mouth clean should also be helpful when there is a tongue sore and getting rid of the unwanted bacteria that reside within the oral cavity would be one of the important aspects in this regard. While there are many mouthwashes available to achieve this task, one could also use hydrogen peroxide solution dissolved in equal parts of water to make an anti-bacterial mouth wash at home. Rinsing the mouth at least twice a day with the same solution would get rid of the bad germs and therefore will prevent the canker sore from being infected or being delayed in its healing.
However, it should be noted that regular use of highly potent antibacterial mouthwashes are not recommended because of the damage it can cause to the oral mucosa as well as its ability to kill the useful bacteria which reside in the oral cavity. Similarly, highly potent toothpaste should also not be used for similar reasons.
In addition to hydrogen peroxide mouthwash, one could also use the creamy milk of magnesia solution to coat the tongue sore and thereby prevent it being irritated further while assisting it to heal faster.
At the same time, experts advise taking vitamin B supplements which includes vitamin B12 during an episode of tongue sores or even when there are early signs of such manifestations. Vitamin B seems to help the body heal tissue damages much faster and because it is not stored in the body, taking supplements could help the body to replenish the additional demands.
Probiotics and hyaluronic acid
Eating probiotic supplements such as natural yogurt could also help resist or heal tongue sores because of its ability to maintain the 'good' bacterial colonies within the oral cavity. At the same time, products containing hyaluronic acid should also be of help as it can assist the tissue healing process in a direct way.
While many of the methods mentioned above would be of use in getting rid of a tongue sore, a persisting tongue sore should warrant a visit to a doctor who would be able to differentiate a true tongue sore from something more serious.