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Although harmless, the plaques in the mouth they can be very annoying and, therefore, need special attention so that they do not evolve into something more painful.
But what is their origin? And how can we get rid of the plaques in the mouth, allowing our oral cavity to be able to savor the right health?
What are plaques in the mouth and why do they appear
Plaques in the mouth can appear in different areas, such as the cheeks, lips, and tongue, and can change in appearance from white, red, yellow, or gray. They are also often swollen, and can cause more or less intense discomfort.
There are numerous causes of plaque in the mouth, which can form as a result of trauma to the lining of the mouth, such as accidentally biting the cheek while chewing food, unsuitable dental prostheses or a filling.
Among the risk factors there are also:
- stress and anxiety,
- hormonal changes - some women develop ulcers when they have their period,
- eating certain foods - such as spicy foods, chocolate, coffee, peanuts, almonds, strawberries, cheese, tomatoes, and wheat flour,
- use toothpaste containing sodium lauryl lauryl sulfate,
- quitting smoking - some people indicate that when they stop smoking for the first time they develop canker sores in their mouth.
Sometimes the plaques appear in the mouth ... for no reason. In this case, it may be simply because of their genes, with about 40% of people suffering from canker sores saying that even in their family there are members who have a habit of developing them.
Remedies for plaques in the mouth
Often the plaques in the mouth can be treated using elements that you already have at home, although in order to relieve the discomfort and accelerate healing it is always advisable to talk to your doctor or pharmacist of reference, avoiding do-it-yourself solutions:
- gargling with warm water and salt (two teaspoons of salt for a glass),
- a mixture of baking soda (a teaspoon with a little water to make a paste and then dab the plaque during the day),
- dab the plaque with honey to retain moisture and accelerate the healing process,
- chewing a stalk of celery because it has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties,
- chew some basil leaves and then sip some water in order to take advantage of its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.
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Preventing plaques in the mouth: how to do?
As we have seen, there are several natural remedies for plaques in the mouth but… there are also some methods you may try to use to avoid contracting plaques, and one of them is to avoid eating certain foods or following certain habits that can promote plaque formation.
For example, it would be worth trying to:
- avoid chewing gum,
- use a soft bristle toothbrush, which can reduce mouth irritation,
- use toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
However, keep in mind that plaques in the mouth are usually harmless, but that there are some telltale signs that should make you look at the plaques more carefully, so much so as to require the intervention of a doctor. Among the main signs we recall:
- foot-and-mouth disease that has lasted for three weeks or more,
- foot and mouth disease that continues to recur over time,
- plaque that becomes more painful or red - this could be a sign of a bacterial infection, which may require treatment with antibiotics.
On the sidelines of the above, we hope to have provided some brief indications in order to be able to face the presence of plaques in the mouth, a phenomenon that is generally not worrying or particularly painful, but which in some cases deserves to be addressed with the consultation of your doctor.
Our suggestion is therefore always to contact your doctor or a pharmacist to be able to check if it is simply a common plaque in the mouth or if it is appropriate to apply some specific remedy.
In most cases, fortunately, the plaque in the mouth will tend to "reabsorb" in a very short time, soon becoming a lukewarm memory. To speed up the healing time, try one of the remedies we briefly had the pleasure of sharing with you above!