Your lips and tongue are surrounded by hard teeth and bone. So when you eat too quickly, you can bite your lips, tongue or the inside of your cheeks. As long as the cuts are not deep and you are not bleeding profusely these areas should heal up in due time. Just make sure to keep from eating hot, spicy food so you don’t end up irritating the area, and to use warm salt to rinse it until it heals. Also keep away from eating hard, crusty food like chips or anything fried since they can scrap against the area and cause more damage. If your body is healthy this should heal in a week or two.
A fall or blow to the face can also cause lip and tongue injury. This is commonly seen in children and people in active sports. This is why we recommend wearing a sports guard during active sports to not only prevent injury to your teeth but also protect your tongue and lips from being bitten or damaged. If you do experience a fall or blow to the face, and there is a deep cut, punctured lip, or bleeding you cannot stop, please contact us or head to the nearest ER. The injury site will need to be thoroughly cleaned and if teeth are knocked loose or out, it needs to be treated right away. If there is a lot of soft tissue damage we might have to refer you to an oral surgeon or plastic surgeon so they can suture the wounds right to lessen the scarring effect. With proper management and care the injury should heal quickly with no problems.
You are hungry and the smell of your food is just overwhelming. Before the food even touches your plate, your hands are already reaching out for it. That hot melted cheese just looks so enticing. Then Ouch! The roof of your mouth has this burning sensation that seems to diminish the enjoyment of your pizza. In your lifetime something like this has probably happened to you a few times, maybe not pizza but some other hot food like soup or noodles. For mild cases the palate, or roof, of your mouth just becomes irritated for a few days and then you can go back to enjoying and eating your food without the irritations. For more severe cases you might get blisters, and the roof of your mouth can feel more raw and swollen. In this case your body will also repair and heal itself, but it might take a little longer. This burning sensation can also happen to your tongue as well. There is not much you can do for this, except to wait for your body to heal itself. In the meantime you should avoid eating any hot, spicy foods, so the area is not further irritated. Also avoid eating any hard, crunchy foods so nothing will scrape the burned area and cause further damage. In due time, the area will feel normal again and hopefully you will be more careful with hot foods. Like everything else, if the soreness or blistering lasts more than a week or two, please consult us or your dentist.
There are many types of mouth sores that can develop in and around your mouth. The most common types that can occur are canker sores, cold sores, leukoplakia, and candidiasis, or oral thrush. When these irritations happen they can be painful and irritating. Any mouth sores that lasts more than a few weeks in your mouth whether it is painful or not, you should let us or your dentist know as soon as possible, since it might be an indication of some serious disease such as cancer or HIV.
Canker sores are usually white small round ulcerations or swellings surrounded by redness. They are not contagious and they usually occur due to stress or sickness. The actual cause for them is not clear, but research has shown it to be immune related. Cold sores are usually confused with canker sores since they can present in similar ways. However cold sores are due to a viral infection and can be contagious. While canker sores are usually only in the mouth, cold sores usually occurs outside your mouth and around your lips, nose or chin. They can also sometimes occur on your gums. Both canker sores and cold sores will usually heal by themselves in a week or two, but if they are still there after two weeks please come in to see us or your dentist.
Candidiasis, or mouth thrush, is a fungal infection in your mouth. This usually occurs when patient wears denture all the time especially when they sleep. Thrush can also occur in patients that have weak immune systems, such as newborns or immune compromised patients. Thrush can usually be treated easily with anti-fungal medications and better cleaning of the mouth or dentures.
Leukoplakia are white patches that can form on the inner cheeks, gums or your tongues. They are usually not painful and can sometimes be areas where you have chewed your cheeks or rubbing from your dentures. However, in cases where these white patches do not go away, that can be an indication of oral cancer. This is why we recommend you see us or your dentist if you have something in your mouth that lasts more than two weeks, or if you are just not sure. By coming in to see us, you can have a better peace of mind to make sure whatever it is in your mouth is nothing serious.