May 01, 2013

Treating Oral Soft Tissues

Just in case you developed some mouth soft tissue irritations this weekend, here are some tips: 

1. a burned palate:  softened tissue is more prone to infection, so apply a corticosteroid paste to the surface.  

2.  a burned tongue:  rinse with warm salt water to bring any infection to the surface;  salt also neutralizes the acidic environment that fosters bacteria.  

3.  canker sore: apply vegetable oil with a cotton swab 3 or 4 times per day to coat the surface to protect it from irritation.  Some over the counter remedies have a topical anesthetic.  As with all soft tissue lesions in the mouth, because your mouth is wet and doesn't "scab" over, it heals from the inside out and the surface is the last part to heal.  Your dentist is always willing to help.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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