Stomatitis

Below you will find more information about Stomatitis from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Stomatitis it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Stomatitis and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Stomatitis comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Stomatitis is an inflammation of the mucous lining of any of the structures inside the mouth, which may involve the cheeks, gums, tongue, lips, throat, and roof or floor of the mouth.

Diagnosis

Blood tests may be administered to determine if any infection is present. Scrapings of the lining of the mouth may be sent to the laboratory for microscopic evaluation, or cultures of the mouth may be done to find out if an infectious agent may be the cause of the problem.

Treatment

Cleansing and good oral hygiene are fundamental. Sharp-edged foods such as tacos, peanuts, and potato chips should be avoided. A soft-bristled toothbrush should be used by the patient, and the teeth and gums should be brushed carefully.

Causes

Chronic mouth breathing due to plugged nasal airways can cause dryness of the mouth tissues, which in turn results to irritation. Drinking beverages that are too hot can burn the mouth, and can lead to irritation and pain. Diseases, such as herpetic infections (the common cold sore), gonorrhea, measles, leukemia, AIDS, and lack of vitamin C can appear with oral signs.

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