Aftas – Known for being painful and apparently appearing without any cause in the labial mucosa, cheek and lateral of the tongue, aphtha usually interferes with speech and chewing, due to the discomfort generated. Because it is a common problem, many people end up resorting to home remedies to relieve the pain.
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However, o Dr. Fábio Bibancosorthodontist and consultant to GUMThe most innovative oral care brand in Brazil, warns that self-medication can aggravate or delay the disappearance of foot-and-mouth disease, in addition, any wound that persists for more than a week should be examined by a dentist. The specialist reveals the main myths and truths about mouth lesions:
Aphtha can be caused by several reasons.
True. The problem can be caused by nutritional, genetic, hormonal disorders, immune disorders, local trauma and even due to stress. “Some people are more likely to have canker sores than others, but one of the main causes is mechanical trauma, for example, an accidental bite of the mucosa,” he explains.
Home recipes and self-medication can solve the problem.
Myth. In most cases the discomfort and the lesion take about a week to disappear, the first days being the most painful. The professional explains that, the best is to wait for the aphta to disappear. There are even some ointments that help the healing process, but self-medication is never recommended. Applying salt, hydrogen peroxide or even sodium bicarbonate directly on the lesion is a bad choice. If the lesion persists for more than 15 days, a dentist should be sought for evaluation.
Acid foods can aggravate the problem.
True. Once the problem has appeared, acid foods can increase the discomfort generated, so it is good to avoid these foods, such as fruits and acid drinks, while waiting for the aphthatis to heal. However, if you end up consuming any of these foods, the specialist recommends that you make a cheek with water just after the meal, as this helps to neutralize the ph of the saliva, further avoiding irritation of the mucosa.
Aftas can turn into a tumor.
Myth. “Aphtha does not turn into cancer, but every oral lesion that remains for more than 15 days should be considered, looking for a dentist to investigate the lesion and give an accurate diagnosis.
Afta is the same thing as herpes.
Myth. While aphtha is a non-infectious and non-contagious lesion, herpes labialis is a contagious and infectious disease, caused by a virus and characterized by lesions of small blisters.
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Dr. Fabio Bibancos – GUM Consultant