Stop Bad Breath

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Stop bad breath with the inexpensive, easy steps of a good oral hygiene program that can address any problems in your mouth. One of the obvious indicators of oral problems are sores of various kinds that can erupt inside the cheeks, or on the tongue, lips, palate, or gums. If you bite any part of your mouth, it will hurt, but will heal, unless it becomes infected for some reason.

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus and are highly contagious. Symptoms usually precede an outbreak--tingling or tenderness--and eventually the blisters develop a crust. Canker sores are not contagious; they have a different appearance from cold sores in that they erupt as one pale or yellowish lesion with a red outer ring, or as a group of such lesions.

Stop Bad Breath from Mouth Sores

Although less common, mouth sores can point to infections, cancer, autoimmune illnesses (lupus, for example), or other serious conditions. To stop bad breath from mouth sores, your dentist can recommend several kinds of treatment, depending on the cause of the sores. These range from putting ice on the lesion to the application of medicine.

Prevention is always preferable to treatment, so dentists suggest reducing stress and avoiding very hot foods and drinks. If biting your tongue and the inside of your cheeks happens frequently, ask your dentist to examine your dentures for their fit, or your mouth for chipped teeth. Two other recommendations will probably be to chew more slowly, and to use a soft brush and soothing dental care products that will not further irritate your mouth. Regular checkups and good oral hygiene can forestall the development of mouth sores so you can stop bad breath before it becomes chronic.

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