Periodontitis versus parodontosis

There are still dental professionals who use the old and wrong name for a periodontal disease – parodontosis. The correct name is periodontitis. – In former times bacteria couldn´t be proven because of wrong techniques-this was called parodontosis. In the last 25 years it is known that inflammation of the periodontum is caused by bacteria, […]

Gums as a reflection of our overall health!?

Gums as a reflection of our overall health? YES AND NO! Over and over again we read scientific and non scientific journals about vitamin deficiency and the consequences from it. As a result many people choose to take homeopathic medicine –a mistake most of the time! – 99% of gum diseases are attributed to plaque […]

Most common reasons for periodontitis

  – – – – – – – Most common reasons for periodontitis The most common reasons of pariodontitis are: Plaque accumulation due to poor oral hygiene, overhang restorations, ill fitting crowns Malocclusion Stress      Smoking Systemic disease such as diabetes, adverse pregnancy outcomes Fortunately all these factors are easily controlled by; Optimizing tooth brushing, by […]

Oral Rinses – are they useful in the menagement if Periodontitis?

 Is an oral rinse beneficial for patients with periodontitis? YES! An oral rinse is a useful purchase, unfortunately some doctors think it is not useful-with the argument that bacteria leaks into the periodontal pockets. That is incorrect for two main reasons; The bacteria moves only due to extensions Bacteria are harmless on their own. They are destructive only in mature plaque, causing a cavity or a […]

Periodontitis and saliva test-is it useful?

Periodontitis-saliva test? Yes and no! Our last discussion was about lasers, today we want to inform you about the saliva test. It is a common practice for some dental professionals to require that the patients with periodontal disease to undergo expensive saliva test prior to their therapy.    Congratulations! Now the patient knows that there […]

Aphthous ulcers or canker sores, those painful little things in the mouth – what helps best?

Anyone who has ever had a small lesion of this kind in the mouth knows how unpleasant aphthea can be. Eating and drinking is severely limited and dental hygiene tends to be neglected.

Chronic recurring apthe (CRA) is the medical term used,  women generally tend to be affected more often. There are three different types commonly mentioned: minoraphthe, majoraphthe and herpetiform ulcers. This distinction is made based on appearance and location!

minorMinoraphthe are the most common: round or oval, flat ulcers of less than 5mm diameter. These usually appear on the flexible part of the gums or mucuous membrane and heal after one or two weeks, without leaving a scar.

majorMajoraphthe are less common, and appear on the gums, lips and palatal arches. They usually take several weeks to heal (up to 6 weeks) and can leave scars.

herpetiformeHerpetiform aphthe are characterized by many hundreds of small lesions, which can appear anywhere in the mouth.

What causes aphthe?
Aphthe is associated with many different kinds of illnesses, e.g.

  • Morbus Behcet
  • Sweet Syndrome
  • familial neutropeny
  • HIV infection

But even healthy persons can develop aphthe, the exact causes are unknown. Various factors such as iron deficiency, vitamin deficiency, glutamate intolerance, food allergies,infections or genetic predisposition have been suggested. Healthy persons often get aphthe after eating nuts, pistachios and/or citrus fruits.

What can I do against aphthe?
As the exact causes are unknown, only the symptoms of aphthe can be treated:

  • Washing out the mouth with astringent solutions such as sage tea
  • local cortico-steroids (Volon A ointment)
  • Softlaser
  • Chlorhexidine mouthwash
  • topical analgesics as lozenges

If aphthe seem to appear after eating certain foods, simply refrain from eating those foods!

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4 Responses to “Aching areas in your mouth? – They are called aphthous ulcer or canker sore!”

  1. Pravin Eric says:

    What is the treatment for candida infection of the mouth and also for aphathe (thick white deposit) on the tongue ?

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  2. Dear Eric!

    Thank you for your comment.
    First of all it is important, if the infections appears after an antibiotic therapy (AB therapy) or without.

    If there was no AB therapy, we recommend to treat a candida infection not by drugs but through

    – better mouth hygiene (brushing, oral rinse, tongue cleaner)
    – supporting the immune system

    If the infections persists and/or new infections recur please contact your general practitioner, who should exclude a diabetes.

    Hope we could help,
    Your Dental News Team

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  4. Darcy says:

    I was just wondering if there was anything I can do to help it heal faster? I assume I have the first one Minoraphthe. I think maybe the change in diet. I’m learning how to be vegetarian but still get what I need in vitamins. I am meticulous about keeping my mouth clean. I’m very new at being a vegetarian. (one week)

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