My husband has a mouth sore which is so painful he’s not eating. I think he should see a dentist, but he thinks dentists won’t bother with it because it’s not a tooth. Will a dentist see him? When is a mouthsore an emergency?
A dentist will look into any oral health issue, even a mouth sore. In fact, if your husband goes to see a dentist regularly, part of his checkup should be checking him for signs of oral cancer. Most mouth sores end up being canker sores.
These are caused by many things including biting one’s cheek, friction from a dental appliance, injury, stress, or even an allergy.
These usually clear up within two weeks. The only thing to do is manage the pain between now and then.
Managing Pain with Canker Sores
If you go to the dental aisle of any grocery store or pharmacy, you’ll likely find a variety of products. Some are gels you place on the canker sore to help relieve pain. They also have some pads with a pain reliever on them. It’s challenging to keep the pads on in a mouth which, by design, is loaded with moisture. However, it may help him get through a meal with less pain.
If you feel the sore is infected you’ll need to use an antiseptic on it. Many canker sore medicines have antiseptic in them. If for some reason you can’t find one, a simple 50/50 mixture of water and peroxide will do the same thing.
When is a Mouth Sore Dangerous?
If the two weeks go by and the sore isn’t gone or the pain worsens, then it may be time to see a dentist. If the pain is unbearable it’s okay to schedule an emergency dental appointment where they can get you on the same day.
I hope this helps. Mouth sores are awful so I’m sorry he’s having to go through it.
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