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Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Camilo Riano Orthodontics. This is part two of our blog series about mouth sores. If you read our first blog, you know we talked about canker sores and cold sores, two of the most common mouth sores. We also talked about how you can help heal them faster and reduce pain while wearing braces. Keep reading to learn about several other types of mouth sores and contact Camilo Riano Orthodontics today if you have any questions or you’re ready to schedule an appointment with us.

Tongue Inflammation

Also known as glossitis, tongue inflammation results in a swollen tongue, causing it to change color and resulting in a rough texture and appearance. When someone contracts glossitis, they will see papillae, the bumps on the top of the tongue, to go away temporarily. Since these bumps contain your taste buds, you won’t be able to taste very well and might experience pain depending on the severity.

There are several different types of glossitis including acute glossitis, chronic glossitis, and atrophic glossitis.

Acute glossitis is when the tongue becomes inflamed suddenly and can be severe. Allergic reactions are known causes of acute glossitis.

Chronic glossitis happens in a recurring manner and could be caused by other health conditions.

Atrophic glossitis gives the tongue a glossy appearance and can cause the tongue to change texture and color.

Oral Thrush

Also known as candidiasis, oral thrush is a yeast infection of the mouth. It starts on the soft tissues in your mouth and will look like a smooth patch that can bleed if irritated. Oral thrush usually happens when the immune system is in a weak state, in older people, and people with systemic diseases like diabetes that affect that body’s ability to fight off infections. You should visit a dentist to see what can be done about treating this mouth sore.

Leukoplakia

This is a patch that develops on the inside of the mouth, usually on the cheek or the tongue. It is the result of a reaction occurring due to irritation of the mucous membrane in the mouth. This is important to take note of if you’re getting braces soon or currently have braces because it can be caused by irritation from brackets or wires. It can also be caused by irritation from crowns, dentures, or rough teeth; chronic drug use like smoking; and HIV or AIDS.

Contact Camilo Riano Orthodontics

On their own, mouth sores aren’t always a huge problem, but when it comes to wearing braces, your mouth is a lot more likely to get irritated by minor issues. At Camilo Riano Orthodontics, it’s our highest priority to make you comfortable and healthy while you’re wearing your Invisalign, clear braces, or Incognito Lingual braces. If you’re experiencing mouth sores while you’re wearing braces, be sure to let us know and we’ll recommend treatment that will increase healing and reduce pain. Contact us today.